Last night, MLB expert Jon Heyman published a new article listing eight superstars he believes will be on the move as soon as the winter meetings commence on December 3rd. Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto are on the list, and that has to get your attention with how much the Chicago Cubs have been said to be involved in the sweepstakes for both superstars.
Of course, he lists the Los Angeles Dodgers as the favorite to land Ohtani, given how much payroll they've shed in anticipation of Ohtani's free agency. Still, he puts the Cubs and Giants up there with them and mentions who are considered to be in big time for the two-way star. Other teams, such as the New York Yankees and New York Mets, are mentioned, but Heyman notes that the Yankees are a long shot, and the Mets have payroll tax issues they would have to address.
Regarding Soto, the Yanks are the favorite now, without the Cubs getting a mention in that section. Still, we know Jed Hoyer always keeps things close to the vest and surprises us. Let it be known that the Cubs have the farm to pull off a Juan Soto trade without weakening the organization. If it comes down to prospects, the Cubs can outbid New York, and it's a matter of how much Hoyer wants Soto, knowing that it will most likely be for just 2024 and Boras clients are hard to extend during the season.
The winter meetings are only two days away. Finally, we can expect a break in the levy and free agency to open up wide. If Ohtani does sign and Soto is traded, I expect many deals to get buttoned up quickly as teams scramble for their following best targets. Hopefully, we get some good news that the Cubs are heavily involved. With the team eyeing a strong push in 2024, the winter meetings might be critical for the future of the team's success.