3 free agents bats the Chicago Cubs should consider

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3 free agents - 1. Miguel Sano

Last, we come to former Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano. After having his club option declined, it will be interesting to see what kind of deal he will wind up with moving forward. A knee injury limited him to 60 ABs in 2022, which he didn't do anything with. Prior, however, Sano has had four seasons in which he's hit at least 25 HRs, including two where he launched over 30. wRC+-wise, in eight seasons, his numbers are as follows:

2015: 149 wRC+
2016: 107 wRC+
2017: 125 wRC+
2018: 83 wRC+
2019: 138 wRC+
2020: 101 wRC+
2021: 112 wRC+
2022: 9 wRC+

2022's production was never there due to not getting in rhythm from the injury. Still, he has posted above-average marks in 75% of his seasons. Granted, the 36.4% K rate is absurdly high, but at this point, Sano is who he is. If you sign him, you're getting a slugger that will strike out often but also carries a .248 ISO. Bringing him in on a minor-league deal with a chance to get healthy while not putting yourself in financial hardship may be good for both sides.

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Nevertheless, expect the Cubs to continue to add where they can. Especially when it means extremely cost-effective deals with high upsides like we've seen Jed Hoyer take advantage of all winter. Pitchers and catchers report in less than three weeks, so if more moves are coming, expect them soon.

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