4 Designated Hitters to target - 3. Rhys Hoskins
Rhys Hoskins is the favorite on this list to be signed by the Cubs. The team has reportedly discussed different contract structures already. Although it appears the front office is dragging its feet a little, this move almost feels like more of a "when" rather than an "if." No one will be surprised if Hoskins inks a deal with the Cubs; we hope it's sooner rather than later so we can officially insert a new piece into the lineup and progress from there.
Hoskins' ability to play first base is also a plus for the Cubs, as the team desperately needs someone with pop in their bat to cover the position. If the Cubs are lucky enough to land Bellinger, they have a perfect tandem of lefty/righty at the position while allowing their top prospect, Pete Crow-Armstrong, to get much-needed everyday reps. Hoskins missed all of 2023 with an ACL tear, so it's unlikely he will be expected to play in the field every day. Still, his bat is an added boost to the lineup.