Three former Chicago Cubs that are current fits for the team's needs

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There is no question that the Chicago Cubs have had a significant offseason as the team signed shortstop Dansby Swanson to be the new face of the franchise while also adding talent in center fielder Cody Bellinger, starting pitcher Jameson Taillon, reliever Brad Boxberger, catcher Tucker Barnhart, and first baseman Eric Hosmer that raise the floor of production for the team entering the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season.

Despite the activity by the Cubs this offseason, the team still lacks power and has a long-term question at the third base position. Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was the name to watch but the 11-year extension that he signed earlier this week will prevent him from being a target for the Cubs at the trade deadline this season or as a free agent next offseason.

Interestingly enough, there are three former Cubs that could be direct fits for the current needs of the team. Admittedly, this is more of a thought exercise but as we wait for further moves from the Cubs, let's take a look at those three names.

Three former Chicago Cubs that are current fits: Jorge Soler

After signing a three-year deal with the Miami Marlins last season, the 2022 season was plagued with injuries for Soler as he was limited to only 72 games. Still, Soler has developed into the prototypical power hitter that the Cubs anticipated he would be when he first debuted in 2014 and FanGraphs Steamer projections expect Soler to return to form in 2023 with 24 home runs, .327 wOBA, and a 113 wRC+.

Soler would be an intriguing trade target for the Cubs as he could serve primarily as the team's designated hitter while also having the chance to start in the outfield from time to time.