The Chicago Cubs did not make qualifying offers on Monday to any of their four free agents: pitchers Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg and Matt Guerrier, and catcher Dioner Navarro. Now the Cubs must decided whether or not to bring any of them back to the organization.
Baker, 32, spent the entire 2013 season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery after signing a one-year deal worth $5.5 million last November. Cubs management indicated they want a right-hander like Baker in their rotation.
Guerrier, 35, was dealt from the Los Angles Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol deal. His season came to end due to right elbow soreness on Aug. 8 after only 15 games. If he is signed it will likely be to a two-year Minor League deal.
Gregg, 35, became the Cubs savoir in the first half of the season when Marmol struggled and Kyuji Fujikawa out with an elbow injury. Gregg posted his third consecutive season with 30 saves but saw the season end with him Theo Epstein’s, Cubs president of baseball operations, office after miscommunication about his role and management wanting to look at Pedro Strop in the closer role late in the season.
Navarro, 29, the Cubs backup catcher batted .300 with 13 home runs in the No. 4 spot after Alfonso Soriano was traded to the New York Yankees. The Cubs have stated Welington Castillo is the starting catcher and Navarro has accepted his role as a backup.
The Cubs also activated pitchers Fujikawa and Arodys Vizcaino and infielder mat Gamel from the disabled list to put the roster at 37.
Vizcaino had surgery on his right elbow on March 20, 2012 and has struggled to return. Gamel was claimed off waivers from the Brewers at the conclusion of the regular season. Due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) he has not seen Major League action since May 1.