Below is a list of some of the top free agents. Three names I hope the Cubs would target are Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena and Rafael Soriano. Coincidentally, they’re all former Tampa Bay Rays.
Crawford, 28, is a four-time All Star and coming off a career year in Tampa Bay. He’s one of the true stars of the game but has been overlooked playing in small-market Tampa.
A rare five tool player, Carl would not only add much needed speed to the Cubs lineup, but would thrive both offensively and defensively in little ol’ Wrigley.
The realistic chance of signing him, however, would be a financially miracle.
Pena would be a short-term fix at first base. At 32 he’s still a legitimate offensive threat from the left side of the plate. He’s also a former Gold Glove winner at first (2008).
His power numbers and RBI have remained constant since smacking 46 HR and 121 RBI in 2007, but his overall average, however, has been on the decline during this same period hitting .247, .227 and .196.
Those numbers make Pena more affordable, but also leave him as a dangerous risk or tremendous reward.
Rafael Soriano would be a terrific set-up man for Carlos Marmol. He’s a power-arm the Cubs need and has posted an ERA less than 3.00 over his last six seasons.
Chicago struggled mightily last season getting the ball to Marmol, which quickly landed the Cubs near the bottom of the NL Central.
Sean Marshall did a decent job but is better suited for a lefty specialist role. Esmailin Caridad had his chance last year and blew it. And Angel Guzman is no guarantee to get off the training table.
There’s zero chance the Cubs sign all three. But if I had to choose one, I’d take Soriano’s arm.
TOP FREE AGENTS:
- Cliff Lee
- Carl Crawford
- Jayson Werth
- Magglio Ordonez
- Carlos Pena
- Paul Konerko
- Victor Martinez
- Hideki Matsui
- Rafael Soriano