MLB Free Agency 2017-18: Biggest Holes for Every Team

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 18: Kris Bryant #17, Jason Heyward #22, and Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 18: Kris Bryant #17, Jason Heyward #22, and Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

6. Chicago Cubs 92-70 (NL Central Champions)

According to Matt Snyder of CBS Sports, the Cubs may look at more frugal options.

"Cubs will target cheaper starting pitching options in free agency and I like them for Alex Cobb. Some other possible options: Andrew Cashner, Tyler Chatwood, Jeremy Hellickson, Jaime Garcia or even a short deal for CC Sabathia."

Going into the 2017 Postseason, the Chicago Cubs were primed to defend their title but didn’t have enough pitching or timely hitting to get past the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS.

Now that the MLB Free Agency “season” has kicked off, the Cubs have much work to do if they want to return to the Fall Classic in 2018.

Let’s start with pitching, with the Cubbies dropping off drastically in that department from a season ago. Comparing 2016 with 2017 says it all:

2016:

  • Wins: 103
  • ERA: 3.15
  • Runs allowed: 556

2017:

  • Wins: 92
  • ERA: 3.94
  • Runs allowed: 695

Talk about opposites. It’s incredible the Cubs made it as far as they did with that significant drop-off. John Lackey and John Lester both had ERA’s over 4.00, which is not the norm for the two former All-Stars.

Jake Arrieta rebounded from an average 2016 slate, who is now a free agent. The question is, do you handcuff your payroll, especially with Bryce Harper waiting in the wings for the 2019 off-season? I say let Arrieta walk and approach cheaper options.

Speaking of Harper, it’s wise to be conservative with spending, with an attempt to lure the phenom from the Nation’s capital.

Wade Davis’ one year in Chicago is up, with no chance of resigning him, with Carl Edwards as the team’s closer. It’s best to let Davis and his massive contract move on.

Trading the all or nothing Kyle Schwarber would be a nice move by Epstein, who could get someone to overpay for the home run hitter, most likely an American League team. His lack of getting on base and strikeouts are too crippling to keep in the everyday lineup rotation.

Moving the contract of the overrated Jason Heyward would be wise, especially with the always clutch Jon Jay on the roster at a more reasonable price.

With Rizzo, Baez, Bryant, Contreras all superstars, waiting until 2018 to do any crazy spending in MLB Free Agency is wise so that you can add Bryce Harper to an already loaded Cubs lineup.