Pitchers and Catchers are reporting to Spring Training next week for the Chicago Cubs and the team's lineup remains filled with questions.
No bigger question exists for the Cubs' lineup than where the power would come from and if they are unable to sign Cody Bellinger, veteran designated hitter J.D. Martinez would be a fallback option.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network spoke about Martinez's market on Wednesday, with the indication being that the New York Mets are the team that made the most sense. Morosi, in what has become his calling card, did manage to sneak in a Cubs' mention.
Let's not just skate by Morosi talking about the Mets' plans either. Morosi is under the impression that the Mets are indeed trying to contend during the 2024 season. For any Cubs fan who is holding out hope for an off-season trade for slugging first baseman Pete Alonso, that discussion is now probably tabled until the Trade Deadline.
Interestingly enough, Martinez would be more of an answer for the Cubs' need for power than Bellinger. Martinez totaled 33 home runs last year to go along with an ISO of .301 and a wRC+ of 135. What the Cubs will need to be cautious of is how much of Martinez's 2023 season was due to the Dodgers, they also made Jason Heyward a plus-offensive player last year, and not because of Martinez.
It's worth noting that Martinez did show a serious sign of power decline during the 2022 season with the Boston Red Sox when he had 16 home runs while having nearly 120 more plate appearances than he did last season.
Still, Wrigley Fields still remains a fantastic fit for Martinez and his offensive profile. Though, given Martinez would exclusively serve as a designated hitter, that may not fit with the Cubs' construction of their roster.