Chicago Cubs News: Looking at key Cubs who will be free agents

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Chicago Cubs: While the primary starting outfielders are either under team control, arbitration-eligible, or under contract, depth outfielders will be free agents.

Cameron Maybin (OF)

The 10-year veteran was a nice little pickup for the Cubs, who got him in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for Zack Short. He hit .250/.304/.365 in 18 games as a Cub and was an excellent presence in the clubhouse. Could he be resigned as veteran depth? Possibly, he is pretty cheap. However, I would not put money on it.

Billy Hamilton (OF)

After years of torturing the Cubs as a Reds member, the speedy centerfielder was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on September 6th. He was mainly a pinch-runner/defensive replacement late in his 14 games as a Cub, to nobody’s surprise. It was fun watching him turn on the burners and zoom around the bases, but he is a guy to have on a roster late in a season as his bat is not very productive. Unless he signs a Minor League deal, he is unlikely to be back with the Cubs in 2021.