After a season filled with several positive takeaways, albeit ending in heartache, the Chicago Cubs have multiple questions to answer heading into the offseason once the MLB Playoffs wrap up. They will need to address their starting rotation, lineup, and bullpen. In doing so, they will need to subtract from the roster to have room to take critical steps forward if the team wishes to contend next season. With certain players underperforming, it will be relatively easy for the front office to figure out where to trim the fat. Let's look at three players who don't deserve a roster spot in 2024.
3 players who don't deserve to be back - 3. Patrick Wisdom
Towards the end of the 2023 campaign, Wisdom was limited to bench duties, with the occasional start coming only against left-handed pitching. He finished the season slashing .205/.289/.500. The slugging percentage has always been there, but the 37% K rate over the last three seasons combined was already alarming heading into 2023. Now, if the Cubs want to get serious, it's time to construct the roster with players who can succeed without only finding success if they happen to make contact while swinging for the fences. As we know, the Cubs have made a point to be fantastic defensively.
Wisdom finished with a team-worst -8 Outs Above Average and -6 Runs Prevented. In 61 appearances at third base, Wisdom recorded a well below-average .927% fielding percentage. These numbers will not help lead the Cubs back to serious contention. We wish we could say let's give him some time to figure it out, but this goes back to 2021, when he was first on the roster. Unfortunately, It's time for the front office to move on.