Here’s what we all know because it pertains to the Chicago Cubs and the MLB reduction market.
Team President Jed Hoyer indicated that the entrance workplace was nonetheless working on some strikes as of this weekend, and prompt that including one other bat (presumably he was fascinated by Trey Mancini) and one other arm for the bullpen could possibly be on the best way. The reduction market nonetheless options a variety of high-quality arms, and the Cubs have beforehand been rumored to have curiosity in lefties Andrew Chafin and Matt Moore, and righty Michael Fulmer. There are different fascinating arms on the market, too, like Brad Hand and Zack Britton. The Cubs could make a robust addition from right here, in the event that they need to swim in these waters (versus solely including reclamation sorts – which, admittedly, they’ve had a lot of success with).
So that is the background to any information or rumors in regards to the present reduction market. It’s an space to which we’re nonetheless paying shut consideration.
And it might begin shifting quickly:
It could possibly be that the Mets – due to their largess and as a result of they’ve “unspent” funds that will’ve gone to Carlos Correa – are driving this market. Until they signal no matter man they need to signal for no matter greenback quantity they’re prepared to pony up, it is potential nobody else in that Chafin/Moore/Hand/Britton group goes to signal. And conversely, it could possibly be that as quickly because the Mets signal a man, the others will comply with quickly afterwards.
Another signal that the market is heating up is that this rumor from Mark Feinsand:
That feels just like the sort of report you see when an agent is making an attempt to get gives in place for his shopper.
The Cubs have by no means been talked about as in on Chapman, by the best way, who’s making an attempt to bounce again from a large drop in productiveness in 2021 and a HUGE drop in productiveness in 2022. At 34, and along with his common fastball velocity within the 97 mph vary, it is potential Chapman does not bounce again into something significantly helpful at this level. Combine that with the suspension beneath the home violence coverage earlier in his profession, and along with his departure from the Yankees (he was left off the postseason roster as a result of he failed to point out up for a exercise), and I feel the market goes to be fairly restricted.
But even with a restricted market, he’s yet one more lefty reliever on the market whose signing/curiosity might have ripple results with a number of the different guys. (Imagine, for a utterly made up instance, that Brad Hand was speaking to the Royals and the Cubs – nicely, if the Royals had been in on Chapman, possibly they like to attempt to get him at a cheaper price ticket, and thus Hand (and the Cubs) can be left ready round till issues play out.)
My guess is we might see Chafin and Chapman go first, with a number of of the opposite three high lefties signing quickly. There’s additionally righty Michael Fulmer nonetheless on the market, and I actually do like him a lot, even should you’d desire the Cubs so as to add one other lefty to the bullpen, all else equal. Even with out these recent rumors, it is not arduous to invest that the remainder of the higher-end of the reduction market goes to maneuver quickly. Pitchers and catchers report back to Spring Training in lower than a month, and many of the remainder of the free agent market has been performed out.
Stay tuned. The Cubs are prone to make an addition from right here to their bullpen group, and it is actually simply a matter of ready to attempt to get their most popular goal at their most popular price ticket.