Chicago Cubs News: While most of the focus will be on the futures of Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, other notable players will be arbitration-eligible this winter.
Let’s face it. Nobody knows exactly what the future holds for the Chicago Cubs. Speculations of major trades and shakeups will last throughout the winter until something happens or doesn’t. The current roster has just a handful of guys who have guaranteed money for 2021 that does not involve arbitration, pre-arb control or club options (which have until Sunday night to be picked up). That includes Yu Darvish, Jason Heyward, Kyle Hendricks and Craig Kimbrel.
In terms of arbitration-eligible players, the Cubs currently have 12 of them. Eight of them are position players and the rest are pitchers. The non-tender deadline is December 2nd, so the Cubs will have until then to offer contracts to these players. Teams and players will have until January 15th to submit final figures.
Here is a breakdown of those arbitration-eligible players (not pre-arb). Some of these players could be on the fence on whether they get tendered deals based on how they performed in 2021 and what they could potentially cost. It is no secret that money is going to be an obstacle to deal with this winter.
NOTE: Salary projections based on Spotrac numbers.