4 painful contracts the Chicago Cubs can't dump soon enough

The Chicago Cubs have a few contracts on their payroll that don't look great at the moment
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3. Trey Mancini: $7 million

Unfortunately, the Cubs gave first baseman Trey Mancini a two-year deal when they signed him prior to 2023. The hitting struggles he sustained with the team were appalling, and he found himself out of a job by August because of them. That still leaves the Cubs on the hook for $7 million in 2023, which is money that could've gone toward upgrading the bullpen this offseason. I have nothing against the guy, he just simply didn't perform and it's still costing the team a decently sized contract.

After getting designated for assignment last summer, he signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds on August 30 but was released just a week later. He signed a similar deal with the Miami Marlins in January, but he opted out prior to the start of the season and he is still a free agent.

4. Tucker Barnhart: $3.25 million

Tucker Barnhart served as the Cubs' backup catcher last year and was acceptable in that role. The main culprit in Barnhart's downfall with the Cubs was the emergence of rookie Miguel Amaya, who after spending a few years banged up, finally made the major league roster and claimed the backup role behind Yan Gomes.

Barnhart is not a bad catcher and he is honestly a pretty good pitch framer. But his age and inability to hit were the main downsides to his game. Nobody was really expecting Barnhart to hit that well given his track record in the majors, but it didn't help his cause that he put up arguably the worst offensive numbers of his career in 2023 with a wRC+ of 53 and a .202/.285/.227 slash line. Like Mancini, Barnhart's deal will be off the books at the end of 2024, giving the team just a bit more financial flexibility for 2025's roster.