3 free agents the Cubs must avoid at all costs: #1 - Wil Myers
With Michael Conforto on a short-term pact seeming like a very real possibility, which would give the Cubs four high-quality outfield options, it's hard to argue for a guy like Wil Myers who, after a lenghty run with the Padres, is on the open market this winter.
First off, I think he'll find a deal more to his liking than a part-time back-up role on the North Side. He didn't have a monster year in 2022 by any stretch, but still put up a 108 OPS+ and, since the start of the 2020 season, has a 122 OPS+ to go along with defensive time all over the diamond.
A former top prospect and third-round pick, Myers has always flashed the potential to be a game-changing bat, but he's never really put it all together. He won AL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Rays back in 2013 and earned an All-Star nod in 2016 with the Padres, but in 2022, struck out in more than 30 percent of his plate appearances, drawing walks in just over seven percent.
I'm not saying Myers is at the end of the road, because he almost certainly is not. But the fit just isn't there for a team like the Cubs - and they'd be better off prioritizing the catcher position and shoring up the pitching staff instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole.