3 Cubs Free Agents Who Won’t Be Back Next Season And Why

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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 16: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs throws to second base during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

These three Chicago Cubs free agents don’t fit well enough into next year’s plan to return in 2023.

The 2022 season is coming to an end for the Chicago Cubs with the main focus being on what lies ahead. They should never be much more successful than this year. From the start of the year they didn’t look the same as they did a few seasons ago with a young core of star players.

With an already strong base of veterans in the roster and some promising youngsters, next season could be better. The Cubs will need to be smart in the free hand to win in the near future, and not necessarily just in 2023.

However, their journey to free reign most likely won’t involve inviting these three players back on expiring contracts. Why exactly is it the swan song for this trio and where could they end up instead?

1) Why the Cubs will lose Willson Contreras this offseason

The number of teams joining Willson Contreras this offseason will be far greater than those interested at close. The fact that they couldn’t find a deal they were willing to make isn’t that surprising. If it is that New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays are essentially bidding against each other and possibly yourself, no one will overpay for a hire catcher.

The stakes are very different in the off-season. Teams that lose their starting catcher to free agency or that have now decided to go win-now will be contenders to sign Contreras. Not far from Chicago, we even got to see the St. Louis Cardinals get into the action.

A continued relationship between the Cubs and Contreras is still very possible, but consider this: They already have a $6 million backup catcher named Yan Gomes. Putting that much money into one position isn’t such a good idea. Gomes might be better off as a backup or possibly part of a platoon, as many of baseball’s best teams do.

Other teams, including the San Francisco Giants, once considered a target for trade deadlines for Contreras, could take part in the promotion. The Cubs have much bigger needs than paying Contreras big bucks even for a short-term deal. He will be 31 years old in May 2023. He belongs to a club ready to win straight away.

https://fansided.com/2022/08/30/cubs-rumors-3-free-agents-explained/ 3 Cubs Free Agents Who Won’t Be Back Next Season And Why

John Verrall

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