Chicago Cubs Rumors: Pros and Cons of Acquiring Each Top Winter Target

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Chicago Cubs Rumors: Pros and Cons of Acquiring Each Top Winter Target
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs have had a busy winter. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been hard at work trying to improve on the Cubs’ 101-loss season from 2012. They have made some moves that most analysts would consider low-risk, but also low-reward signings.

Among those low-risk signings, the Cubs did manage to make a splash when they landed Kyuji Fujikawa. According to the Chicago Tribune, the team’s official stance was that despite the Fujikawa signing, Carlos Marmol would remain the closer. However, most people have read the writing on the wall and have written Marmol off as trade bait at this point, especially after they tried to trade him earlier this offseason.

Some of the more notable moves the Cubs made to address their holes this offseason included non-tendering Ian Stewart—only to re-sign him a few days later—and signing Scott Baker, Scott Feldman and Nate Schierholtz.

While the Cubs have addressed some of the needs that were identified by plugging some of their holes at the third base, pitcher and outfield positions, Epstein and Hoyer may not be done just yet, according to a tweet by’s Carrie Muskat.

Many of the players who the Cubs were rumored to have interest in have already signed with other teams. But here is a list of some of the more interesting players who may still be on the Cubs' radar, and the pros and cons that would come with signing each player.

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