Cubs News: Who is most likely to get a contract for 2021?

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Chicago Cubs’ Jeremy Jeffress

The Cubs’ Jeremy Jeffress. The $850K pitcher. That would go up after the season he had. Look, I’ll be honest. Jeffress did not have a good year for the Milwaukee Brewers. He had an array of injuries, and that slowed him down. So he took a deal with the Cubs and that paid dividends for him.

In 2019 with the Brewers, he was rubbish. He posted a 5.02 ERA in 52 innings of work. So onto the Cubs, South down I-94. The results– 1.54 ERA, 23 1/3 innings, one home run and an ERA+ of 292. He appeared in about a third of them, striking out 17. That’s a run and a half different–but that’s pitching to contact.

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I don’t know what’s going to happen with Jeffress. He’s ‘on the fence’ as far as where he stands. He could come this way and sign a one-year deal–for more than $850K, though. Or he can hold court over free agency and see where it takes him.