Heyman: Cubs are one of the clear winners of MLB offseason


(Audacy) The biggest winners of the MLB offseason are the teams that landed the big fish. The Yankees re-signed Aaron Judge, the Phillies signed Trea Turner and the Padres added Xander Bogaerts to an already star-studded lineup in San Diego. But the Cubs have quietly had a great offseason as well.

The Cubs landed shortstop Dansby Swanson as a centerpiece and right-hander Jameson Taillon to bolster their rotation, and they made a few other under-the-radar moves as well in adding center fielder Cody Bellinger, first baseman Trey Mancini and first baseman Eric Hosmer.

With that in mind, Jon Heyman and Tony Gwynn Jr. of the Audacy Original Podcast “Big Time Baseball” discussed the Cubs’ activity and explained why they’re “one of the clear winners of the offseason.”

“Mancini, Hosmer, Swanson, these are some pretty decent moves I think,” Gwynn Jr. said (10:19 in player above). “I love the Swanson move for the Cubs as they kind of wrap up their offseason.”

“Absolutely, the Cubs, to me, are one of the clear winners of the offseason,” Heyman said. “I like the Swanson move. I think after the other signings it was going to have to be a high contract but not crazy. The way he performed last year, winning the Gold Glove with all the great shortstops in baseball, hitting so many home runs – and clutch home runs. He hit a home run in all three of those key Mets games where the Braves ended up winning that division. I think Swanson’s a terrific player.”

The Cubs signed Swanson to a seven-year, $177-million contract. That may seem like a lot, but it may turn out to be a bargain compared to Turner (11 years, $300 million) and Bogaerts (11 years, $280 million). Swanson hit 25 home runs for the second straight season in 2022 to go with 96 RBIs and a .277 batting average.

“They added Taillon as well," Heyman said. "Now I wouldn’t call that a bargain at $68 million, although I think the Phillies offered him even more than that. And Hosmer is a guy getting at a bargain at this point for the minimum and might be good for that club and I think he’ll bounce back as well. They’re one of my clear winners, the Cubs, no question about it.”

The Cubs were never really in contention in 2022, when they went 74-88, but Swanson and the rest of the additions could help them climb back over .500 and get back into the playoff mix.

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