The offseason couldn't have come any faster for the Chicago Cubs.
After a 61-101 record, third worst in franchise history, the Cubs will look to pick up the pieces this offseason during free agency.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein has stressed the importance of not rushing in order to build a championship team. Instead, they have to find prospects and develop them through the Cubs' system, which can be time consuming.
But it wouldn't hurt to pick up a few good players this offseason when the Cubs desperately need help to avoid another 100-loss year.
Starting pitching will be a prime target for the organization as it was a weak spot last season. Good relief pitching will also be looked at and possibly a new closer.
The Cubs will also look to add an additional bat in the lineup to replace the production of ex-Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
Regardless, the organization will be busy this offseason and these are the five free agents that should be high up on the Cubs' wish list.