3 free-agent hitters who could still help the Chicago Cubs lineup

Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Trey Mancini (26) breaks the
Oct 23, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Trey Mancini (26) breaks the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The focus for the Chicago Cubs' offseason has been run prevention as the team has added three former National League Gold Glove winners to their roster and there is no question that will aid the team's pitching staff. The issue in looking at the Cubs' current roster as they prepare for the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season is that they are still a team that is going to struggle to score runs on a consistent basis.

There is no question that shortstop Dansby Swanson and center fielder Cody Bellinger could represent an improvement to the Cubs' offense in 2023 but each player has questions. For Swanson, the question is how sustainable the offensive success that he had in each of the past two seasons whereas the question regarding Bellinger is whether or not he can inch closer to being the offensive player that he was when he won the 2019 National League MVP Award.

The Cubs appear to be done making significant improvements this offseason on the position player side but there remain at least three free-agent hitters still available who could provide instant improvement to their lineup.

3 free-agent hitters who could still help the Chicago Cubs lineup: Trey Mancini

Trey Mancini has been linked to the Cubs since the start of the offseason but it would appear that the team has shifted to other priorities after signing veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Hosmer's signing shouldn't provide the Cubs with the misguided belief that they do not need to add another hitter to their lineup. The Cubs are still very much a team that lacks power and. hedging all their bets on free-agent first base Matt Mervis could be a risk. Mancini would provide the Cubs with a bat that is capable of hitting 20 home runs while also easing the blow in the event that Mervis struggles.

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