2023-2024 Offseason Update Thread
December 16, 2023: The first six weeks of the offseason have yielded little action by the Cubs' front office. Two rumored targets, free agent Shohei Ohtani and former Rays starting Pitcher Tyler Glasnow, have found their way to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jeimer Candelario, who could have been a versatile contributor for the Cubs, has landed in the crowded Reds infield instead. Let's take a look at the options that remain.
Early reports suggested the Cubs would be in on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but all has been quiet on that front lately. Cody Bellinger might now be at the top of the Cubs' priorities. Matt Chapman could pile onto the Cubs defensive strengths if added at third. A reunion with Marcus Stroman would not be out of the question. Josh Hader remains a potential splash for the bullpen as well. And there is always the potential for a surprise trade to fill needs on the corner infield spots, in the starting rotation, or even center field where Pete Crow-Armstrong has appeared not yet ready.
Meanwhile, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Patrick Wisdom and Christopher Morel continues to get third base playing time with the Aguilas Cibaenas. Jorge Alfaro has also been invited to Spring Training and will add to the catching depth.
Join us in the comments to discuss any news as it develops.