In a dream scenario, the Cubs can put something together for recently non-tendered right-hander Brandon Woodruff, but they'll face some stiff competition for the former Milwaukee hurler who is set to miss some, if not all, of the 2024 season.
But that doesn't mean the recent non-tender deadline and its fallout can't prove fruitful to Chicago. Here are three players who could be nice pieces for the Cubs on what should be very affordable deals in 2024.
Rowdy Tellez, Patrick Wisdom could give Cubs bench a potent power combo
With Patrick Wisdom back in the fold for 2024, likely in a platoon bench role, that gives new manager Craig Counsell one power option capable of playing multiple positions defensively. Still, there are plenty of holes in Wisdom's game - one of which is his weaker performance against right-handers.
Enter Rowdy Tellez, who was non-tendered along with Woodruff by the Brewers last week, a bat-only option who has always hit righties extremely well and is just one season removed from a 35-homer season in Milwaukee. Aside from his glaring defensive deficiencies, Tellez has struggled mightily against left-handers - but if you were to pair him up with Wisdom, a matchup-based approach could prove fruitful.
Obviously, there's familiarity between Tellez and Counsell, who managed him in Milwaukee for the last three seasons. He knows how to set him up for success better than probably anyone else in the game. Throw in the Cubs' glaring need for power in the lineup and the likely low cost to bring him to Chicago, and it's not hard to see this being a move that piques Jed Hoyer's interest.