Ranking 8 Cubs pending free agents by likelihood of them re-signing

The Cubs have a number of guys set to hit the open market, but there's a chance more than a couple stick around, either by re-signing or via contract options.
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Ranking Cubs free agents based on likelihood of re-signing: #6 - Jeimer Candelario

The fit is there, but given how relatively light this winter's free agent class is in terms of impact bats, it seems pretty likely the Cubs won't be Jeimer Candelario's only suitor in free agency.

The corner infielder had his full-circle moment when the Cubs re-acquired him at the trade deadline and after a hot start, his production tailed off - likely due to the back issue that put him on the IL until this week. He's been just about league average in terms of OPS+ (102), which is right in line with his career mark.

First and third base are big-time areas of need for Chicago - so whether it's Candelario or someone like Matt Chapman, who headlines this year's list of free agent third basemen - expect Hoyer and Hawkins to be focused on adding impact talent at the corners this winter.