3 Cubs players that are playing themselves out of the 2024 plans

It's never too soon to start looking ahead to next season - and these Cubs need big finishes if they want to be in the mix for the 2024 Opening Day roster.
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3 Cubs players that are playing themselves out of the 2024 plans: #1 - Drew Smyly

Early on this year, Drew Smyly looked like a revelation, almost throwing a perfect game and playing a stabilizing role in the Cubs starting rotation. That was key given Jameson Taillon's brutal start to the season.

But it's been a tale of two halves for the veteran left-hander, who recently lost his spot in the rotation after a prolonged stretch of struggles. In the second half, he has an ERA north of 8.00 - nearly double his first-half mark. Since June 14, opponents have tagged him for a 1.000 OPS. Prior to his move to the bullpen, David Ross even tried an opener ahead of Smyly, but to no avail.


Given the young arms on the horizon, including Ben Brown, Hayden Wesneski and Cade Horton, it's hard to see Smyly holding onto a job in this rotation in 2024. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Chicago trade him this winter, even if it means eating a little of the $8.5 million owed him in the final year of his deal.