Picking a perfect Christmas gift for these 3 Cubs players

Looking ahead to 2024, here are what 3 of our favorite Cubs players are hoping to find this holiday season.

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Christmas gifts for Cubs players - #2: A Cy Young-caliber campaign from Justin Steele after a breakout 2023

A late-season fade pushed Justin Steele out of the Cy Young race in the NL - with the honors eventually falling to now-free agent left-hander Blake Snell - but he showed that he has what it takes to be an ace for this team as they enter a new contention window.

Steele made 30 starts, racking up a career-high 173 1/3 innings en route to a fourth-place finish in Cy Young voting, earning the first All-Star selection of his career. The hope is that Jed Hoyer slots another power arm in alongside him in the rotation heading into 2024, but that's something that's very much out of Steele's hands.

All he can do is put his head down and grind every fifth day - just like he did in 2023. If he continues to build on what he's done to this point, there's no reason to think he can't finish the job next year and give himself what he really wanted to see under the tree this winter: a Cy Young Award.