Pegging the probabilities of these 5 free agents signing with the Cubs

Yet to make a major roster move, the Cubs still have a chance to make impactful additions to the roster as we head into 2024.

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The odds of players landing in Chicago: Shota Imanaga - Medium

Shota Imanaga is more viable as a Cubs target than the two pitchers I just mentioned. His expected contract aligns more with what Chicago would likely be comfortable spending, but some issues come with that price tag. For one, the Cubs aren’t going to blow past the luxury tax this season. Landing and dedicating $20 million annually to Imanaga means he’s the only starter you’re getting if you plan to bring back Cody Bellinger and sign Rhys Hoskins.

Chicago remains interested in a reunion with Bellinger - but not at his reported asking price - and Hoskins makes about as much sense for the Cubs as any free agent out there given their need at first. But Imanaga would lengthen the rotation and, hopefully, give Justin Steele some help after his breakout season in 2022.

But there's a decent chance that once Snell and Montgomery come off the board, a bidding war could drive up Imanaga's price, as well. The Cubs might be forced to look to the trade market if they don't lock up one of the remaining free agent starters soon.

Prediction: Boston Red Sox