It's been widely documented that the Chicago Cubs have yet to make an addition to their Major League roster this off-season and the latest from Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic (Subscription Required) would suggest that the front office does not feel pressured to move off their strategy.
While Sharma's report did include an awareness from the Cubs' front office that they might have to shift their approach to free agents given the current market, it reads as a piece that echoes what Jed Hoyer mentioned at the start of the off-season: the Cubs are not looking to win the off-season and will only make a major move if it aligns with their targets.
The usual suspects get named in Sharma's report--Cody Bellinger, Matt Chapman, and Rhys Hoskins--and it would seem that there is a game of chess currently being played between the Cubs' front office and Scott Boras. Boras represents each of those potential Cubs' free-agent targets and there has been little movement from either side in terms of getting a deal done.
That could be about to change.
Jim Bowden was on the Foul Territory podcast and revealed that the Cubs have made significant offers to Bellinger, Chapman, Hoskins, and free-agent starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery.
This does appear to be some pushback from the Cubs after Boras has spent the past month talking about how the team has yet to show an inclination to spend this winter. Let's also make it clear that if true, these offers likely came at various points in the off-season and may not all be currently on the table.
This does appear to be progress, however. That is not to say that the Cubs are close on any of their free-agent targets but leaking news of their offers could be the next step in their negotiations with Boras. Boras very much controls the Cubs' off-season and the two sides will need to find common ground if the team is going to have a successful winter.