5 Players who could play first base for the Chicago Cubs in 2024

The Chicago Cubs still need a full-time first baseman moving forward and there are plenty of options available via free agency, trades or in-house
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The Chicago Cubs are in need of some power bats at the infield corners and a permanent solution to the gaping hole at first base that has been present since the Anthony Rizzo trade in 2021.

There are many possibilities that the Cubs' front office could pursue this winter whether it be through trades, free agency, or in-house options. Here are five players who could play first base for the Cubs in 2024.

1. Pete Alonso

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso is rumored to be on the trade block this offseason and the Cubs should be the first ones to call on a potential blockbuster. The latest rumor from Cubs beat writer Jesse Rogers even suggests that Alonso wants to come play for the Cubs. It's impossible to gauge whether this is true or not, but it would make sense given the Mets were major disappointments who sold at the trade deadline this year. And, as one of the league's premiere power hitters, Alonso most certainly wants to play for a competing team.

However, pulling this trade off will be complicated and could take a hefty load of prospects. A haul that the Cubs are in a good position to give up considering their farm system is now one of the best in baseball. But the juice may not be worth the squeeze for an Alonso deal.

The 28-year-old Alonso is heading into his final year of arbitration before he hits free agency prior to the 2025 season. Unless the Cubs are able to work out a trade/extension right off the bat, I don't think sending your best prospects to the Mets would be worth just one year of Alonso's services.

Alonso is the type of guy I would like to see play at Wrigley Field for years to come alongside the current core. His ability to hit 35+ home runs a year while driving in more than 90+ runs has been as consistent as you can get in each of his four full seasons in MLB. A slugger like Alonso would make the Cubs lineup more complete and help fill in the power gap.