Up until the week of Cubs Convention, the Chicago Cubs were lifeless in the offseason market. Then, quick additions with the signing of Shota Imanaga and the trade for Michael Busch and Yercy Almonte changed the narrative. Since then, the Cubs have signed Hector Neris and could very well still add to their roster before Spring Training begins.
Even with MLB’s free-agent market picking up over the last few weeks, a handful of big-name players are still available. Left-handed pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell are still searching for new homes while big bats Cody Bellinger and Matt Chapman remain unsigned.
Other free agents are finding new homes, as Justin Turner notably signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays last week. Once a team considered a fit for both Bellinger and Chapman, the Jays have added lesser names such as Kevin Kiermaier, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Turner to fill their holes.
Now that Toronto has picked a lane, have the Cubs waited long enough to scoop up two impact bats?
Will Jed Hoyer Swing Big for Impact Bats?
According to multiple reports, Cody Bellinger and Matt Chapman are both on the Cubs’ radar. Although Bellinger is the more likely target of the two, both players would fill notable voids on the team’s roster. Can Jed Hoyer pull off the ultimate heist and snag both players for a reasonable dollar value?
According to Spotrac, the respective market values per season for Bellinger and Chapman are $22.5 million and $17.2 million. However, it’s safe to assume both players will get more money on their deals.
Chapman’s number comes with the projection he’ll receive a six-year deal, while Bellinger’s contract is expected to be a five-year pact. More likely than not, both players will get more money per season than Spotrac predicts. Additionally, Bellinger may sign a longer deal and Chapman’s may be shorter.
Chapman is older than Bellinger, reinforcing the ideology behind a shorter deal for the former Platinum Glove winner. Realistically, Chapman will likely earn closer to $20 million per season for no more than five years, and Bellinger might land as much as $30 million per season across an approximate six-year deal.
The San Francisco Giants are reportedly interested in Chapman, meaning the Cubs might not get him in the end. However, Hoyer has waited patiently and positioned the Cubs to make two huge splashes before Spring Training