While core players like the Cubs’ Bryant and Baez still have a year left of control before hitting free agency, this winter will have some notable guys on the market from the 2020 squad.
Let’s face it; most people are talking about Kris Bryant and Javier Baez in terms of an uncertain future more than anyone else on the Chicago Cubs roster. The two will hit free agency after the 2021 season as they head into their final arbitration-eligible offseason. What/if trades or extensions happen with either of them remains to be seen, but there are also guys hitting the market now to look at.
The list of veteran players from the 2020 squad becoming free agents this offseason has some notable names, even though none are core position players. This is mainly a group of role players/pitchers that will not necessarily garner money. It is primarily a matter of if the player has a place on the team in the future or seek a more prominent role than the team can provide in 2021.
The Cubs are likely not shelling out a ton of money on free agents this offseason. So it will be picking and choosing which guys are worth bringing back and maybe sign a few mid-tier guys. Here is a look at players from the 2020 squad who are set to be free agents. They will be broken down by Infield, Outfield, Pitchers.
Note: Players who were released during the season, or are pre-arb or arbitration-eligible will NOT count on this list as they have yet to be tendered or non-tendered.