The MLB hot stove is fully underway with the offseason upon us, and some big moves are finally being made. This resulted in one of the bigger free agent targets this offseason in Jose Abreu already coming off the board and signing a three-year, $58.5 million deal to fill in at first base for the Houston Astros.
Considering how Houston just won the 2022 World Series, they don’t really have many holes on their roster that need to be filled. But it’s clear that first base, which was filled primarily by Yuli Gurriel and Trey Mancini last season, needs some help. Both guys struggled to produce for the ‘Stros last season, making it their biggest area of need.
Unsurprisingly, the Astros went out and landed the best first baseman available in Abreu, dealing a huge blow to a couple of different teams across the league. Let’s take a look at three teams that are the biggest losers for failing to sign Abreu and see why missing out on him is such a big blow for these clubs.
3. Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs should be undergoing a full on rebuild rather than pursuing top free agents, but for whatever reason, they were in on Abreu this offseason. The Cubs reportedly made Abreu a two-year, $40 million offer, although he unsurprisingly decided to sign with a much more competitive Astros team instead.
Chicago has needs all over their roster right now, so adding Abreu would obviously help them be more competitive in the short term. The Cubs are likely losing their best hitter from last season in Willson Contreras in free agency after they oddly decided to not move him at the trade deadline, and someone is going to have to replace that production.