3 positions the Cubs need to improve before Spring Training: DH
When Willson Contreras signed a five-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this offseason, the thought was centered around the impact that it had on the team's catching position. One thought that was overlooked was that Contreras was primarily the Cubs' designated hitter in 2022.
Entering the 2023 season, the Cubs are without a clear designated hitter. If Matt Mervis is a legitimate candidate to make the Major League team out of Spring Training, then there is a chance that he and veteran Eric Hosmer will alternate between first and designated hitter.
The priority entering the offseason for Cubs' president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer was to improve the team's power production and that has yet to be addressed. A free agent such as Nelson Cruz remains on the market and could be an option for the Cubs before they being Spring Training.