3 roster battles the Cubs will answer by the end of this season

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The Chicago Cubs need to use the final month of the season to sort out some roster battles heading into 2023.

As the Chicago Cubs set out to build their roster for the 2023 season, they must first decide which members of the current team are worth bringing back. In order to do so, a handful of guys have to prove they are worth a spot on the 26-man roster over the next 45 games or so.

There are some clear staples of next year’s team already on the roster among position players. Nico Hoerner, Seiya Suzuki and Ian Happ are under contract and slot in as everyday starters in 2023 with Happ also being a potential trade candidate in the offseason.

Christopher Morel and Patrick Wisdom are probably going to be on the team in some capacity unless something bizarre happens between now and April. That would give the Cubs five players on the roster and a handful of question marks left to figure out.

With their season coming to an end, I expect a bit of urgency from the rest of the team as they form the roster for next season. Whether young players are hoping to stay in the big leagues or veterans are just hoping to stick around for one more year, the next two months are very critical.

These positional battles are worth keeping an eye on for the rest of the summer.