With the Chicago Cubs falling out of the sweepstakes for Shohei Ohtani, it seemed likely that we would see the team pivot quickly to their other targets.
One of those targets is first baseman Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins missed the 2023 season due to an ACL injury but would have been activated if the Philadelphia Phillies made the World Series last season. The Phillies are moving forward with Bryce Harper at first base, leaving Hoskins as a free agent looking for a new team.
The Cubs have had a need for a fixture at first base since trading Anthony Rizzo at the 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline and Hoskins would be an ideal fit. The Cubs identified Hoskins earlier this off-season as a potential target and it would seem that progress is being made on a potential deal.
This is typically the type of tweet that we see right before a deal is made. Considering the Cubs likely now have clarity that they won't be signing Ohtani, moving quickly to sign Hoskins would make sense. Given the lack of first-base prospects in their system, a multi-year deal for Hoskins with the Cubs shouldn't be overlooked.
While Hoskins would be a good start to the Cubs' off-season, it can not be the only move that team makes as a way to improve their offense. A Cubs' team that does not have Cody Bellinger but does have Hoskins at first base is still a team that will have a ceiling of 83 wins and likely need luck involved to make the post-season.