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 trade for Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow

The Chicago Cubs still have a need at the top of their starting rotation. Lost in the fact that the Cubs have a need for an impact bat in the middle of their lineup is the fact that Marcus Stroman opted out of his contract with the Cubs.

While Justin Steele emerged as a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher with the Cubs last season, the team can enter 2024 with the hope that Jameson Taillon's second half of the 2023 season will be reflective of the pitcher he will be moving forward.

Hayden Wesneski's regression in 2023 should also serve as a caution for the expectation that Jordan Wicks will be able to remain in the starting rotation for the duration of the 2024 season.

With Ben Brown and Cade Horton having yet to reach the Major League level, the Cubs need an ace at the top of their rotation. Glasnow is that ace and his swing-and-miss arsenal of pitches aligns perfectly with what the Cubs' rotation lacks.