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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Chances of the Cubs signing these free agents: Rhys Hoskins - High

Rhys Hoskins has been linked to the Cubs all winter. But with Scott Boras holding all the cards (he's the agent for not only Hoskins, but also Bellinger) - things have been slow to play out. Given the amount of needs this team has, Chicago isn't about to overpay, especially for a guy coming off an injury - regardless of how good a fit he may be.

Hoskins was a longtime staple in Philadelphia before a knee injury cost him his entire 2023 season. Now, looking to re-establish himself as a quality power bat, the Cubs could give him the same platform they offered Bellinger in 2023 - a short-term 'prove it' deal that could allow him to hit free agency again soon.

After the disastrous Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini signings from a year ago, Hoskins should bring a relative degree of certainty at first - and he likely won't break the back, allowing Chicago to address the pitching staff and, hopefully, make a run at bringing back Bellinger, too. There's been so much smoke here that it's hard to believe the two sides don't get a deal done.

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