You know what they say about assumptions, but I’m going into this with the belief that you’ve already seen the Cubs connected to former Philly first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The righty slugger missed all of 2023 after suffering a torn ACL during spring training, so he’s probably looking to rebuild his value with a short-term deal similar to the one Cody Bellinger inked last year. If those two didn’t share the same agent, Hoskins might already be in Chicago.
As it is, the Cubs’ prolonged offseason strategy may involve several Boras clients to some degree. They finally got things moving Tuesday evening by reaching a tentative agreement with lefty Shōta Imanaga, but Jed Hoyer still has plenty of work to do. Among his priorities are upgrades at the corners, preferably with moves that don’t block the progress of their prospects.
In response to a recent mailbag question about possible interest in Justin Turner, Patrick Mooney said it “seems like the Cubs have been more focused on a potential pillow contract for Rhys Hoskins.” Though not necessarily definitive, it’s further evidence that something could be in the offing. With Imanaga’s deal being finalized on Thursday, pending a clean physical, I’d imagine we’ll see other dominoes falling