It's the question that every Cubs fan is wondering entering Monday, November 29. When, if at all, will the Cubs sign someone of significance this winter? Currently, the Cubs' most notable addition was the Wade Miley claim a few weeks back. Since then, the team has only added a depth outfielder and depth pitcher to their organization.
Where do the Cubs go from here? Teams such as the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Texas Rangers have been very active. In fact, over the last few days, all of these teams have made serious moves. The Angels added Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen to their rotation, the Mets signed Starlin Marte and Max Scherzer, and the Rangers spent big on Jon Gray and Marcus Semien. The Cubs, on the other hand, continue to sit around and watch the rest of the league have interest in numerous free agents.
The Cubs need to do something. Jed Hoyer has made it clear that he doesn't plan on trying to "win the offseason", but the Cubs cannot claim they'll have a playoff roster without adding something more than Miley to the current roster.
What could the Cubs do to appease the fan base? Certainly, an addition such as Marcus Stroman would be a good start, as he fills a need. That said, the Cubs need at least one or two more bats for the 2022 season. Even if just one-year contracts, some level of addition is necessary if the Cubs are truly building a playoff roster in 2022.
There are plenty of things the Cubs can do to improve their roster. However, will they do anything before the impending stoppage? Probably not. If that is the case, then Cubs fans will be waiting for a while for the Cubs to do something worth talking about.