Top 5 Free Agents the Chicago Cubs Should Sign

Credit: Jared Wickerman/Getty Images

Credit: Jared Wickerman/Getty Images

The Chicago Cubs made a historic run at their first World Championship since 1908. The team ultimately fell short of their goal, but the future of this team is tremendous. To have a solid nucleus of talent like the Cubs have is unheard of in this day and age of baseball.

Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and company all blossomed as players and the Chicago Cubs turned into a juggernaut towards the end of the season. The team finished the season with a 97-65 record (third-best record in MLB) and won the second Wild Card spot by 13 games. They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game and also knocked off division rival St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. The team lost to the New York Mets in four games, but Cubs fans are indeed excited for the future of this franchise.

In their 143rd season the Chicago Cubs looked poised to finally get that long-awaited World Championship. The team failed to do so, and could use a few players to get them to that next level. With a franchise valued at $1.8 billion dollars, the team has financial ability to acquire anyone they want. They are currently the fifth-wealthiest franchise in Major League Baseball and 17th overall out of all professional sports franchises.

The team can spend the money if they choose to. So whom would the team target this winter and what is the likelihood of them signing in Chicago? This list will explore the team’s top five free-agent targets.

One Response

  1. Rqdbears

    James, right now the Cubs don’t have the ability to spend money you think like a big market team. In the purchase of the Cubs in 2010, the Ricketts, in order to get a lower purchase price and some tax breaks of their own, agreed to terms that would restrict what they could spend until 2019. They can only spend annually on baseball salaries what they generate in revenue plus 5 or 10% at most. The have to stay within certain debt ratios (deterrent revenue and costs), so that former owner Sam Zell can get a huge tax write off annually until 2019. So, the Cubs, in essence have a type of salary cap that no other team in MLB has.
    Now, they generate a lot of revenue, but to generate enough under the current sale contract restrictions to spend like a typical large market team and get multiple high priced free agents in any given year, they would have to get one of those huge, new TV deals, or start their own Cable channel/ network. Unfortunately, they are currently under contract with Comcast SportsNet until 2019. So, the Ricketts can’t spend whatever they want until then, even if they wanted to. Of course, they willingly put themselves in this predicament for business and financial reasons.
    So, they don’t publicize the situation much, because it is difficult to comprehend and would just tick off the fan base. Comcast also has no interest in clarifying the situation, as they would fear becoming the target of public pressure to redo their TV deal before the current one expires in 2019, to “help the Cubs out.”


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