The Chicago Cubs are in the final days of a miserable season that could see them lose over 90 games for the first time since 2013. At a minimum, this year will be remembered as the one that saw the pillars of the commercial franchise Cubs, like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, instead of signing them for long-term extensions. The Cubs’ reluctance to keep their own stars doesn’t mean Chicago intends to shut up this winter, according to comments from team president Jed Hoyer on Friday.
“We plan to be really active in free agency,” Hoyer told reporters, including Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “We plan to spend money smart. We are exploring this market heavily. We are going to analyze this market in depth. There are some offseason where free agency is something you do a little bit, and obviously we have to be. a little more active than usual to fill our list, because we have a lot more places available. “
The Cubs should have the financial means to do whatever they want this winter. According to baby bed contracts, they have less than $ 40 million in guaranteed cash on the books for next season. That figure will increase once the arbitration prizes are awarded to wide receiver Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ, provided the two remain with the organization, but the Cubs have fielded a $ 147 million payroll this season. Chicago wouldn’t have to spend all the difference to splash multiple times this offseason.
Here’s a look at all of the Cubs’ guaranteed commitments for 2022:
It stands to reason that the Cubs will be active on the shortstop front after trading Javier Báez on the deadline. This winter’s shortstop class is the strongest in recent memory, as it is expected to include Carlos Correa, Trevor Story and Corey Seager. (Báez will also be available, though it’s unclear if the Cubs would consider a reunion.)
Whatever free agents the Cubs pursue, they will likely negotiate with a new GM. Hoyer told Rogers the team hopes to do an external hire for the position before the GM meetings in November.