3 moves the Chicago Cubs have to make after Shohei Ohtani signs with Dodgers

The Chicago Cubs will need to be prepared to shift quickly after news broke that Shohei Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sep 26, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Cody Bellinger (24) celebrates with
Sep 26, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Cody Bellinger (24) celebrates with / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Cubs need to sign Cody Bellinger to a long-term deal

The off-season appears to be trending toward the exact scenario that was speculated to be needed if the Cubs were going to bring back Bellinger on a long-term deal. The New York Yankees made their blockbuster move in acquiring Juan Soto.

Entering the off-season, the Yankees were believed to be the biggest threat to the Cubs for Bellinger. With Soto and Alex Verdugo now added to their outfield mix this off-season, it would seem unlikely that the Yankees would remain in the bidding for Bellinger.

The Cubs, meanwhile, now having missed on a trade for Soto and unable to sign Ohtani, are left without a clear path to their big addition for the off-season. Rhys Hoskins can not be the biggest signing that the Cubs make this winter.

Bringing Bellinger back on a long-term deal would give the Cubs stability in the middle of their lineup while also sending a good message to the clubhouse given the impact the 2023 National League Comeback Player of the Year had on the team last season.