Ricketts and Hoyer say Cubs will be aggressive in free agency

By on August 11, 2022 0

The Chicago Cubs needed a lot of things to succeed in 2022 and when you look at their 45-65 record, it’s easy to tell a lot has gone wrong. They’re on course to lose 96 games this season, but could an aggressive offseason quickly change expectations at Wrigley Field for 2023?

Well, Tom Ricketts and Jed Hoyer are both telling fans that yes, the Cubs will be active in the offseason and competing for free agents. But of course talking is cheap, the Cubs actually have to put money where their mouth is.

Here’s what Jed Hoyer said Patrick Mooney in The Athletic.

“I expect to be aggressive this winter,” Hoyer said. “It’s out of the question. I think we’ll have money to spend. Certainly we want to invest that money wisely. The goal is to build something special. Trying to do it too quickly or trying everything doing at the same time can be a mistake. But there will definitely be some good players in the market, and I’m sure we’re going to be involved in those discussions.”

So, Hoyer tempers at least some of those big free agent dreams by saying once again that he wants to spend money wisely and not want to do everything at once. Understandable, but there’s no doubt that the Cubs should at least participate in many of these conversations with various high-level free agents.

Will the Cubs finally be able to sign the best free agents based on the ownership checkbook. In a statement to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Tom Ricketts said something similar to Hoyer. The Cubs will be active this offseason.

Going through ESPN.

“Our movements over the past year and at the trade deadline have put us in a position of strength both for the players and for the financial currency. We plan to be very active again this offseason competing on the free agent market.

The Cubs have several holes to fill in their roster heading into the 2022-23 offseason and as Hoyer said, they’re probably not going to be rushing to do it all in one winter. However, there are star players available and there’s no reason the Cubs shouldn’t be actively pursuing them in free agency.

Nico Hoerner has proven to be a good MLB shortstop, but that can’t stop the Cubs from targeting one of the best free agents in the position. Carlos Correa, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson are all set to enter the free agent market and any of them would definitely fit on the Cubs roster.

Or who knows, the Cubs said they needed to add more power to their roster. How about the guy on pace to hit over 60 homers this year in Aaron Judge?

On the pitching side, the Cubs are developing them! Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson established themselves as solid-to-good pitchers in their first full seasons in MLB. Meanwhile, Marcus Stroman has been much more consistent since returning from the injured roster and the Cubs have a couple more Triple-A starting pitchers in Caleb Kilian and Hayden Wesneski, who at the very least provide the team with some depth in 2023.

As for free agent pitchers, the star power will be led by Jacob deGrom, who is expected to step down from his current deal with the Mets to seek a bigger one. Carlos Rodon will be looking for a long-term contract, having bet on himself with the Giants and achieved a second straight year.

But maybe the Cubs will go to Japan for a second straight year for their big free agent signing. How about Kodai Senga, 29, who has a 2.45 ERA in 11 seasons in Japan.

No posting fees, no worries about signing a player with a qualifying offer attached to them. The Cubs should be everywhere in Senga this winter.

The list continues. Good players will be available. The Cubs need more good players. It’s time to spend that money. Cubs fans deserve better and I’d rather believe what Ricketts and Hoyer say than doubt every word. I would love to, but actions speak louder than words.

Basically what Ian Happ said in this ESPN story.

“There is some really good talent there this offseason. There will be teams that go out and spend. I think the Cubs will probably be one of them, but only time will tell.

The Cubs signed Marcus Stroman and Seiya Suzuki last offseason. I expect something a little bigger this year.

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