Chicago Cubs News: Caution with rumors, NL Central trade, and more
The day before Thanksgiving and all fronts remain quiet for the Chicago Cubs as they continue to navigate through the Major League Baseball offseason. On Tuesday, MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman offered an update on the Cubs' rumored interests this offseason. Heyman reiterated much of what we already knew in that the Cubs are heavily involved with the shortstop market and also have an interest in Japanese starting pitcher Kodai Senga and catcher Christian Vazquez. Heyman's colleague at MLB Network, Jon Morosi, also continued to push the idea that the Cubs will land one of the top four free agent shortstops this offseason. The Cubs also are involved in the first base market and there are fallback options available in the event that the team can not land one of their primary targets.
We also took a look at former Cubs' starting pitcher John Lackey's career with news of him being on the ballot for the 2023 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
As we await the first significant moves of the Cubs' offseason, there is a need for fans to practice caution in regard to Twitter. The change in Twitter's landscape in recent months has made it easier for parody accounts to be created in an attempt to fool the consumer of information. This is especially critical in regard to how rumors are consumed. Remain cautious with what information you see on Twitter and go through the few extra clicks to verify that the account is credible.
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Another National League Central opponent that gave Chicago Cubs' pitchers problems in 2022 will no longer be in the division. The Milwaukee Brewers traded outfielder Hunter Renfroe to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday in exchange for three pitchers. Renfroe found success against the Cubs last season as he hit 4 home runs with a .859 OPS in 52 plate appearances against the team.
Another player that has crushed the Cubs over the course of his career, Albert Pujols, took home National League Comeback Player of the Year honors for his contributions to the St. Louis Cardinals' 2022 season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander took home the honors on the American League side.
The trending rumor on Tuesday was the idea that free agent outfielder Aaron Judger turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Judge not returning to the New York Yankees this offseason would essentially reset the offseason as it would change multiple factors throughout free agency.