The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are set to begin on Sunday and with agents and front office officials meeting for the first time in-person at the Winter Meetings since 2019. The expectation is that there will be a flurry of trades and impact free-agent signings next week. With the Chicago Cubs expecting to return to contention in 2023, there is reason to believe that the team will be at the center of most of the discussions being had next week.
The Cubs have been connected to several of the top-tier free agents this offseason as the team has met with the representatives for shortstops Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and Dansby Swanson.; the first basemen in Josh Bell and Trey Mancini; the center fielders in Cody Bellinger and Kevin KIermaier; and, the starting pitching market as the team has been linked to Kodai Senga, Chris Bassitt, Jameson Taillon, and Taijuan Walker.
There should be no shortage of activity next week and hopefully that activity will include the Cubs. With that said, here are three bold prections for the Cubs moves next week at the Winter Meetings.
3 bold predictions for the Winter Meetings - Cubs sign Xander Bogaerts
Considering the connections that Bogaerts has to the Cubs--a teammate of manager David Ross in 2013 and 2014, and Jed Hoyer formerly in the Boston Red Sox front office--it is surprising that there hasn't been a stronger connection between the team and the free-agent shortstop this winter. Nevertheless, given the Cubs' ideologies on potential contracts, Bogaerts should fit perfectly into their plans.
With the Red Sox in 2022, Bogaerts compiled a 6.1 fWAR while having a slash line of .307/.377/.456/.833 with a 134 wRC+ and 16 home runs.