Because of the way the Cubs’ offseason played out (we knew there wouldn’t be a ton of spending, we knew there were very specific slots from a very specific tier of free agency that were going to get filled and then that was that), I didn’t pay as much attention to the big picture, back-end-of-free-agency conversation as I normally would. Once the Cubs made their decisions, I kinda transitioned fully into “season mode.”

I think for whatever reason that may have been the case for a lot of fans this year all around baseball, because it wasn’t until this Jon Heyman tweet this evening that it even got back out there into the discourse that, yeah, there are still a lot of unsigned “name” players: