However, their most important acquisition, the one with the highest ceiling, is Seiya Suzuki, without a doubt.
Suzuki, one of the premier talents to come from Japan in the last few years, can change the outcome of the Cubs franchise and help it return to contention sooner than expected if he is as good as advertised.
He put pen to paper on a five-year, $85 million contract a few weeks ago and is getting ready to take part in spring training games.
In fact, as the Cubs’ Twitter account reminds us, Suzuki will be making his spring training debut on Friday.
The club posted a hype video with a compilation of some spring training moments.
Seiya Suzuki makes his Cubs debut today!
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 25, 2022
There will be a lot of eyeballs on the Cubs’ game, as the world will be eager to see how he fares against big league pitching.
There Will Be A Lot Of Eyes On The Cubs Game To See Suzuki
So far, Japanese pitching hasn’t had much of a chance against the talented Suzuki.
The 27-year-old outfielder has a career line of .309/.402/.541 in Japan, with a stellar .943 OPS.
He has played nine professional seasons in his home country, with the Hiroshima Carp.
He is a complete offensive machine that can hit for average and get a lot of walks.
Not only that, but he has the power to drive all types of pitches over the fence.
Defensively, he is best suited as a corner outfielder, but can also play center in a pinch.
A fan of Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, you could say they are similar types of players (not comparable players when it comes to numbers or achievements, of course).
The baseball universe is excited to see Suzuki play in the majors.