3x All-Star to Sign $260M Cubs Deal

The Chicago Cubs added a key player to their 2024 rotation this winter. The deal includes a four-year, $53 million contract for Shōta Imanaga. 

They might make another transaction, but does head of baseball operations Jed Hoyer want to wait until November for starting pitcher Corbin Burnes?

Rich Eberwein of FanSided's Cubbies Crib called Burnes a “way too early” Cubs free agent target. Right-hander is also familiar. In February, he was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles after six seasons with Milwaukee.

"Burnes' impeccable command, devastating cutter, and high strikeout percentage would complement Justin Steele's groundball-inducing repertoire," he added. 

Cade Horton may join the Cubs this season, giving them one of the finest starting rotations in baseball a year from now.

The right-handed hurler is in his final year under team control before hitting the market next winter. He'll earn $15.637 million in 2024, per Spotrac. On March 4, Tim Britton of the Athletic estimated Burnes' extension value.

He predicted $260 million over eight years. The slow-moving free-agent market of this offseason continues. National League Cy Young winner Blake Snell and World Series champion Jordan Montgomery are available.

Another top-tier pitcher would have improved the Cubs' rotation. Now that Jameson Taillon has a lower-back issue, that's clearer. Although Chicago hasn't been seriously linked to Snell, Montgomery is a suspect. “Locked on Cubs” podcast host Matt Cozzi wants Monty to Chicago.

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