The Chicago Cubs are expected to have an active offseason as the team has the goal of spending intelligently in order to return to contention in 2023 but thus far, there has been little action as Major League Baseball teams continue to wait for the free agent market to set. The Cubs have been swimming in the deep end of free agency this offseason as they have been connected to each of the top four free-agent shortstops, several free-agent first basemen including Jose Abreu, free-agent centerfielder Cody Bellinger, and several free-agent starting pitching options including Japanese starting pitcher Kodai Senga.
An interesting name surfaced on the Cubs' rumor mill on Friday as the team was linked to free agent outfielder Michael Conforto. Considering the other names that the Cubs have been connected to, targeting Conforto would be more of an under-the-radar move as the former New York Mets' outfielder missed all of the 2022 season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
To that end, there are several under-the-radar free agents that the Cubs may target this offseason.
3 under the radar FAs for the Cubs to target: No. 3 Brandon Drury
The Cubs are no stranger to free agent utility man Brandon Drury as he began the season with the Cincinnati Reds. Drury was traded by the Reds to the San Diego Padres at the 2022 Major League Baseball trade deadline. In 568 plate appearances between his time with the Reds and Padres, posted a 123 wRC+ while having a slash line of .263/.320/.492/.813 along with a career-high 28 home runs.
Over the course of his career, Dury has played every infield position outside of catcher but has seen a bulk of his playing time at either second or third base. Those could be two positions of need for the Cubs depending on whether or not they are able to land one of the available shortstops this offseason.