3 free agents bats the Chicago Cubs should consider

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As the rumors have come in that the Chicago Cubs aren't done adding, we can rule out any major-league signing in terms of offense. The Cubs have just enough money to sign a back end of the bullpen reliever and keep enough under the first tier of the luxury tax to add at the trade deadline. That doesn't mean, however, that the Cubs can't add bats on minor-league deals and hopefully find some cost-effective production.

There are still quite a few formerly productive hitters on the market, and many of them need a chance to prove themselves and reestablish their value. At this point, you have to wonder which of those will have to sign minor-league deals and who the best options are for the Cubs to target. The Cubs did an excellent job in free agency this winter but now will look to find those diamonds in the rough. Let's look at three bats still on the market that can be cheap, starting with a former Cub himself.

Franmil Reyes
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3 free agent bats - 3. Franmil Reyes

Sure, Franmil Reyes was cut by the Cubs this winter. Yes, Reyes elected free agency to seek a better deal. As it sits, nothing has come to fruition, and he may find himself limited to a minor-league contract. If that is the case, the Cubs can undoubtedly swoop back in for him and place him at Iowa for the time being to be called upon when needed.

In 2022, Reyes had a down year at the plate, slashing .221/.273/.365 between his time in Cleveland and Chicago. Prior, however, Reyes has always been an above-average hitter in his career:

2018: .280/.340/.498, 129 wRC+
2019: .249/.310/.512, 111 wRC+
2020: .275/.344/.450, 116 wRC+
2021: .254/.324/.522, 126 wRC+

Steamers doesn't quite believe the down year is the new normal for Reyes, either. For 2023, he is projected for .235/.299/.437 with a 107 wRC+, to go along with 11 HRs and 31 RBIs. Elsewhere, projections on Baseball Reference go as high as .242/.304/.425 with 19 HRs and 63 RBIs. Reyes testing the market was something he absolutely had and continues to have the right to do. Given that he had a good time in Chicago, the Cubs may have a leg up on the competition if it means a minor-league deal is inevitable.