After signing Dansby Swanson two days ago, the Chicago Cubs quickly became a team that seemed serious about turning the corner immediately toward contention. Though still a few pieces away, it’s been a productive offseason for Chicago as they look to enter 2023 with a much higher projected win total than just a season ago. With Swanson and the additions of Jameson Taillon and Cody Bellinger, the Cubs will look to continue to build on the beginnings of a formidable roster as the winter rolls on.
After officially inking Jameson Taillon this morning, the Cubs' 40-man roster sits at 39 and will hit 40 once Swanson is officially signed. Therefore, it’s safe to say we can expect a few DFAs and outrights in the coming days, depending on how quickly the front office looks to make things happen. The Cubs will need to strike while the iron is hot here. They know they need a corner infielder and a catcher, at least. I do not believe we’ve seen the last Cubs' moves this winter. That being said, let’s look at three predictions the Cubs should explore to bolster their chances of winning in 2023.
Prediction #1 - Cubs trade for a top starter
To start it off, It’s essential to look at the current roster as it sits right now and realize that the surplus of starting pitchers on the Cubs is rather eye-opening. The Cubs have at least ten pitchers that can start games. Although they could opt for the multi-bulk reliever option and have multiple pitchers on standby in case of injury or underperformance, they also have another chance in perhaps moving one or two of these guys and landing a top-tier starter. Moving two of these pitchers along with Nick Madrigal is a perfect beginning to a package to land an ace via trade.
We know the Miami Marlins have made Pablo Lopez available, albeit for an exorbitant price. Elsewhere, it remains to be seen how much the Tampa Bay Rays are willing to dangle Tyler Glasnow in trade talks, but for the right price, you may be able to twist Tampa Bay’s arm. They have always been a team that thrives on low-dollar contracts and a farm system boasted by top prospects. Tyler Glasnow’s two-year deal for $30.0M comes with a $ 5.0M price tag this winter and a vastly steeper $25.0M in 2024. His trade value will not be higher than it is now. However, Tampa may hold on to him and see where their record sits at the trade deadline.