3 corresponding moves: Cubs save extra funds for next year
Assuming the Cubs aren't blowing past the first tier of the luxury tax yet, they may be apt to sit pretty once they acquire Hosmer and save funds for next winter. This won't be a popular option among fans, but if the Cubs can't land another bat or arm on a one-year deal, you don't want to further hinder your future by having guys locked up for 2024 that really wouldn't be on your radar next winter if they were available. The list of free agents available next year is less noteworthy than this season when it comes to bats, but a few pitchers on the market meet the eye.
For starters, names include Shohei Ohtani, Yu Darvish, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Aaron Nola, Lucas Giolito, Blake Snell, and Luis Severino. Top bats include Rafael Devers and Manny Machado. If the Cubs do wind up saving the rest of their funds for next winter, with everything else coming off the books after the 2023 campaign, they will be in a prime position to land a big-ticket player. After Signing Dansby Swanson, the Cubs have proven they aren't planning on losing for long. Hopefully, they do land another bat or bullpen weapon in addition to landing Hosmer. The Cubs are quietly much better on paper than they were one year ago.