Top three areas the Cubs need to address in free agency


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The Cubs are expected to shake up their roster this offseason, and part of that turnover likely will come via free agency. Here are the three biggest needs the Cubs must address during the offseason.

Starting-pitching depth

Ideal fit: Marcus Stroman, RHP

With right-hander Tyler Chatwood and left-hander Jose Quintana hitting the free-agent market this week and the Cubs still undecided on left-hander Jon Lester’s future, it leaves a lot of innings to fill in the rotation. Enter right-hander Marcus Stroman, who has been one of the more sought-after pitchers in baseball in the last few seasons.

Stroman, 29, was 10-13 with a 3.22 ERA in 2019, but he missed the 2020 season with a torn muscle in his left calf.

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