3 starting pitchers within the Chicago Cubs' price range

Looking at the upcoming free agent market and taking a glance at three starting pitchers that can be afforded by the Chicago Cubs.
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3 pitchers in the Cubs' range - 1. Blake Snell

I recently spoke about Blake Snell in length and what it could mean to the Cubs here. He, too, is projected for a contract in the ballpark of five years, 120.0M or so. He is a lock for NL Cy Young this season, which will be the second time he's earned the honor. In 2018, Snell earned 20 wins, a rare feat in today's game with the Tampa Bay Rays. Going 14-9 this season, Snell struck out 234 batters throughout 180 frames and recorded a sparkly 2.25 ERA.

In terms of AAV, he isn't projected as high as other pitchers, such as Shohei Ohtani or Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Ohtani's contract is insane to ponder, while experts believe that Yamamoto will receive in the neighborhood of 30.0M/year mark. Having either would be nice, but the fact is that the Cubs already have solid depth in their rotation. Landing somebody of Snell's caliber projects the Cubs higher in the standings and ultimately helps them achieve their first postseason appearance since 2020.

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