The Chicago Cubs appear to be waiting for several dominoes to fall before they make a move of consequence this off-season.
With 2024 approaching on Monday, the Cubs remain the only team in Major League Baseball to not add a player to their Major League roster this off-season. The Cubs' inactivity has been tied to several factors including their "inclusion" in the Shohei Ohtani free agency process, waiting for Japanese starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto to sign, and now dealing with agent Scott Boras.
Boras will likely control the narrative of the remainder of the Cubs' off-season. The Cubs are believed to be in the mix for Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins, and Matt Chapman. Boras represents all three of those free agents but Bruce Levine provided some clarity on the Cubs' pursuit of Bellinger and Hoskins.
While speaking on 670 The Score during his Saturday morning show, "Inside the Clubhouse", Bruce Levine angled the Cubs' interest in Bellinger and Hoskins as an either-or. The belief is that the Cubs are prioritizing Bellinger over Hoskins and would only pivot to the former Philadelphia Phillies' first baseman in the event that they miss on bringing back the 2023 National League Comeback Player of the Year.
This is the first time that the Cubs' interest in Bellinger and Hoskins has been spun in the sense of the team only pivoting to Hoskins in the event that they miss on Bellinger. With the belief being that the Cubs had a need for two impact hitters in the middle of their lineup, a theory that has been spun regarding the off-season was one that includes the signing of both free agents.
It does seem that all eyes are on the Cubs for Bellinger. The Cubs were recently pegged as the favorites to sign Bellinger and that likely would ignite the team's activity this off-season.