Every Cubs player who could reach free agency this offseason

The Chicago Cubs have a lot of potential free agents possibly on the horizon after the 2023 season
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2. 3B/1B Jeimer Candelario: Unrestricted Free Agent

Jeimer Candelario was a nice offensive addition at the trade deadline and his stint with the Cubs started off promising with 17 hits in his first 10 games. His ability to play third and first also made Candelario fit in nicely with the Cubs shallow at both positions.

Unfortunately, his bat cooled off significantly and the 29-year-old landed on the injured list on September 12th with a lower back strain. I like Candelario and I think he fits well in the clubhouse, but he is not the game-changing bat that the Cubs need right now.

I would be fine with letting Candelario walk in free agency and going after someone like Matt Chapman instead. Although Chapman and Candelario have similar makeups, the former's defense and ability to hit for power would be better for this current Cubs team.