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.