For the first part of this offseason, I wrote a number of articles here regarding the Cubs and the bigger-name free agents.
With the Winter Meetings over and none of those players signed yet, I thought I’d turn the focus of this series to some relief pitchers who could help the Cubs, who could have used some of that late in the 2023 season.
Honestly, Jordan Hicks could be one of the best free-agent bargains out there. The Cardinals, re-tooling or re-building or whatever you want to call it after their first-half collapse in 2023, traded away a lot of pending free agents including Hicks.
Hicks’ K rate dropped in his couple of months in Toronto, but so did his walk rate. Overall his velocity appears still pretty good:
Hicks appears healthy, he could close if needed, and he’s just 27 years old. What’s not to like?
Personally — and I haven’t seen any indications that the Cubs are interested — I’d put a guy like this close to the top of the want list. At his age you could probably give him a three-year deal. He made $1,837,500 in 2023.
Three years, $18 million. Who says no?
Plus, if the Cubs signed him, they would have Jordan Hicks AND Jordan Wicks, one righthanded, the other lefthanded, just to have a matching pair.
I think he’d be a great addition to the Cubs bullpen.
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... the Cubs should sign him to a deal like the one mentioned in the article
... the Cubs should sign him, but to a different deal in years or dollars or both
... the Cubs should not sign him
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