Cubs players furious with MLB; free agent frenzy to come; Opening Day in May?

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Chicago Cubs: Free agent frenzy will be unlike anything we’ve seen before

Post-lockout, whenever that may be, let us not forget there are over 200 unsigned free agents that need to find a home rather quickly. Looking at the list of free agents still available, it is overwhelming to understand just how fast free agency needs to move once the lockout ends.

It goes without saying, but the rumor mill is going to catch fire and there will be so many reports flying around, it will be hard to keep up with it all. As for the Cubs, do they go in the Carlos Correa direction or will the front office take that money and spread it around to address shortcomings on the roster? At this point, it likely every team has a plan of action and is ready to strike once allowed. Due to the high number of free agents and such a short time that will be available to get players a full spring training before the season begins, don’t be surprised if many aren’t fully ramped up come Opening Day.

There is just too much volume in terms of players available to get everything done in a few days before camps reopen for 40-man rosters. I can fully envision a scenario where, given the four weeks needed for spring training, a multitude of players aren’t signed for at least a couple weeks after the lockout ends and then once they are, stay behind at camp while the ballclub goes on to start the season as they continue ramping up on their own.

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This lockout has sucked the life out of many a fan. As slow and painful as these last few months (and this week, in particular) have been – if you want a ray of hope, the first week post-lockout is going to be boiling over with excitement and news.