Following the conclusion of the 2021 postseason, the Chicago Cubs will have a lot of shopping to do if they want to have any shot at contending next season. The front office has already made a handful of changes in the coaching department and also hired a new GM to help Jed Hoyer carry the load this winter.
There will be much to discuss in the coming months regarding the Cubs’ plans, the rumor mill and who to target if you’re Hoyer and Carter Hawkins. Primarily, the focus understandably needs to be on pitching this offseason and, in particular, the starting rotation. However, there are also free agents on the position player side of things that are key to success moving forward.
After the dismantling of the core, the Cubs finished 20th in the league in runs per game, sitting at 4.35 which is actually a tick up from 4.29 in 2020. Still, you’re not going to get very far with a bottom 10 offense. For example, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston and Boston, the remaining four teams in the postseason, all landed in the top 10 in terms of runs per game this season.
It goes to show how far off the Cubs are currently from being the best team in the league as they were just six years ago. With near bottom of the league numbers in both scoring and pitching, it’s no real wonder how they dropped down to fourth place in the Central. Looking ahead to free agency, we’ve built a list of bats that would be a perfect fit at Wrigley Field and would drastically help with the production at the plate as soon as next season.