MLB Rumors: Cubs Linked To 3 Free Agent First Basemen

The Chicago Cubs are ready to spend this winter to accelerate their rebuild. GM Jed Hoyer says he “absolutely” wants to field a competitive team in 2023, and didn't like watching October baseball from the outside looking in.

One position they're expected to address is first base. And according to Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma in The Athletic, they have interest in three first-sackers, and have already spoken with at least two of their representatives. 

While José Abreu is a big name for a Chicago headline, the Cubs also met with the agents for Trey Mancini and Josh Bell during the GM meetings, exploring their options for another first baseman/designated hitter to pair with Matt Mervis.

Mervis is a top prospect who tore it up in the minors this season, blasting 36 HR to go with 119 RBIs, a .309 average and .984 OPS. And while the Cubs are naturally excited about his future, they're definitely looking at a solid veteran to act as an anchor for him. 

Abreu is a natural fit, of course, given his leadership and professionalism displayed over the last nine years with the crosstown Chicago White Sox. 

Mancini and Bell, both 30 years old, would also be good fits as a veteran to work with Mervis between first base and DH. 

The Cubs, as we reported yesterday, will also be looking to bring in a big offensive upgrade elsewhere on the diamond.

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