Biggest Needs: 1B, RP, SP
Buried under the bloated contracts of Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez among others, the Cubs do not have a ton of money to spend this season. They will, however, be signing a first baseman, as well as a veteran right handed reliever to round out the roster, as well as perhaps a pinch hitter to replace Xavier Nady.
Who They Should Acquire
First Base: Adam LaRoche
After missing out on the top option at the position in Adam Dunn, the Cubs are now set to choose from a group made up of Carlos Pena, Lyle Overbay and LaRoche. Of the group, LaRoche is the best offensive player provides the most upside and could even come cheaper than Pena, who has had some huge seasons but struggled to hit .200 last season.
Relief Pitcher: Kerry Wood
The Cubs are looking for a veteran right hander to help take some pressure off of Andrew Cashner in the setup role, and after a solid showing with the Yankees to end last season, he seems like he is over his struggles from his time in Cleveland.
Starting Pitcher: Brandon Webb
The Cubs are notorious for signing players who are injured at a discount and hoping for the best, with Ryan Dempster perhaps the best example of a success story. Webb was among the best in the game not too long ago, but has only made one start in the past two seasons. If he can return to form or even be a serviceable starter, he should steal a rotation spot.