1. Who will bring the offense at first base?
In 2022, the Cubs ranked 23rd out of MLB’s 30 teams with a minus-1.8 bWAR combined from all of the players who were a revolving door for the Cubs at first base. While shortstop may get a lot of the attention this offseason, first base is another position where Chicago needs to upgrade.
Through free agency or trade, improving first base will likely be on the Chicago shopping list this offseason. As a thought, could the Cubs pull a trade with the Colorado Rockies for C.J. Cron? Colorado has a glut of corner infielders and Cron, who made the All-Star Game and smacked 29 homers last year, is scheduled to make $7.5 million next season in the final year of his deal with Colorado.
There were plenty of options for the Cubs at first base in the offseason, including a potential reunion with Anthony Rizzo, who is rumored to be opting out of his contract with the New York Yankees.
Matt Mervis (ranked 21st) is the only Cubs top 30 prospect who is a primary first baseman, so the Cubs will need to look outside the organization if they want to beef up the position for Opening Day.