At the onset of the 2015-16 offseason, the Chicago Cubs were viewed by many as the favorites to sign ace left-hander David Price. Ultimately, the Cubs never got seriously involved in the bidding war for Price, viewing a seven-year deal for a pitcher past the age of 30 as too risky. Instead, John Lackey was signed on a relatively cheap two-year deal. The Cubs did not have to give Lackey a third year, and he instantly slides into the third slot in the rotation behind old friend Jon Lester.
The addition of Lackey is a great, under-the-radar move for the Cubs. Like a fine wine, the right-hander appears to be getting better with age. Forget what the Boston media and fan base say, Lackey’s teammates love him. He is a big, hyper-competitive bear of a man, and will be a great presence in the clubhouse.
With Lackey in the fold, what do the Cubs need to do over the remainder of the winter to make this a perfect offseason? Here are a few moves that will strengthen the Cubs and go along with the type of team Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are trying to build.