Chicago Cubs: What does ‘on the table’ really imply?
When Epstein says everyone is “on the table”, this obviously does not mean he is looking to deal every star on his roster. It simply means that they will listen to offers and shop players around even if it is to just gauge market value. The overall concept of “tire kicking” and shopping is nothing out of the ordinary, but the current circumstances call for the front office to be more open-minded and aggressive.
Long-term goals will also see contract status play a part in decision-making. Arguably the biggest story in terms of contracts on the Cubs is Kris Bryant and his potential free agency looming on the horizon. Right now it feels like very expensive extension or walk for him. His name will likely be involved in all sorts of rumors, same with the likes of Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Jose Quintana and Contreras.
Right now, these are the two guys who feel like untouchables. Rizzo is the face of the franchise and one of the most consistent players every year and Baez’s value as a player is too important to the team to part with. It would be truly shocking to see any rumors build on these two.