With the hiring of Craig Counsell on Monday as their manager, the Chicago Cubs have officially put the league on notice that they are going to take an aggressive approach this offseason. Appearing poised to make a strong push this winter, persisting trade scenarios and free agent rumors will arise. Who will land on the Cubs this winter remains to be seen, but other questions now arise as well.
With all the attention being placed upon who will be added to the roster this winter, we’re forgetting what else that means. Certain players on the Cubs will not be around next season. It’s still way too early to know who the Cubs will go after more than others. With recent rumors of the Cubs looking to be aggressive for Shohei Ohtani, the biggest fish in the pond, it’s obvious that no one is not in the conversation this winter. Therefore, let’s take a look at three players on the team that are doomed now that Craig Counsell is in town.
3 players on the Cubs that are doomed - 3. Patrick Wisdom
After finishing the season in mostly a bench role, with the occasional start against left-handed pitching, Patrick Wisdom feels like the odd man out once the Cubs need any type of roster spot moving forward. There is some pop in his bat, but the strikeout percentage and inability to play a position give him little trade value.
Defensively, Wisdoms Outs Above Average and Runs Prevented (-8 OOA, -6 RP) were the worst among all Cubs in 2023. Couple that with the struggle to bat .200 and insufficient playing time, Wisdom seems likely to be a DFA candidate before the Cubs roll out their official 40-man roster to begin the 2024 campaign.