Over the last few years, Chicago Cubs' ownership has drawn criticism for spending more money on hotels and big buildings than on the product on the field. However, Tom Ricketts finally spoke publicly Thursday and delivered some encouraging words. It appears the ownership group is preparing to spend money and be active this coming offseason.
In Jesse Rogers' latest piece at ESPN, he outlines several compelling quotes from Jed Hoyer as well. But it is certainly Tom Ricketts' promise to spend money that will turn heads.
The Cubs spent some money prior to the 2022 campaign, but it was less than many expected from a top club. That said, an $85 million commitment to Seiya Suzuki and a $71 million commitment to Marcus Stroman are signs that provide hope for more to come. Reports surrounding the Cubs and their desire for a top shortstop are aligning with Ricketts' comments about spending in the offseason.
Although the upcoming free-agent market isn't ripe with top pitchers, the Cubs can still add impactful pieces this winter. Signing one of the top shortstops (Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa) would be a major addition that signals serious intentions for the Cubs to compete sooner than later.
Whether or not the Chicago Cubs will spend the money wisely remains to be seen. However, a desire to spend and add to the current roster in the winter should give fans some confidence entering the 2023 season.