Chicago Cubs News: Will the 2020 season be the ‘Last Dance?’
Chicago Cubs’ Rizzo hints at a swan song?
Among those includes Rizzo, who gave his thoughts on a possible “Last Dance” scenario for the Cubs core players before last Thursday’s win over the Brewers.
The Cubs’ first baseman is nearing the end of an eight-year deal with a team option for the 2021 season. Meanwhile, Contreras and Almora are playing on one-year contracts and have two more years of arbitration eligibility following this season. Some more essential questions center around Bryant, Baez, and Schwarber, who are also on one-year contracts but only have one year of arbitration eligibility remaining before becoming free agents.
Technically the Cubs can bring all these players back for the 2021 season, but if long term contracts aren’t signed soon, Epstein may be forced to make a move either at the August 31st trade deadline or in the offseason to bring in some new talent.
The worst thing that could happen is letting these players lose value and walk away without getting anything in return, similar to what we witnessed with the departure of Russell.