Happy New Year, Cubs fans. There has been a lot of activity this offseason.
Addition to the Cubs this offseason
Rule 5 Draft Selections:
The Rule 5 draft can be tricky because the Cubs would need to add any of these players to the 25-man roster.
The full rules of these selections are listed below.
Possible trade candidates:
With the Cubs in cost cutting mode this year and 3 possible high profile free agents after the 2021 season (Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez), there is a lot of speculation that the Cubs could trade one of these 3 or Willson Contreras who is a free agent after the 2022 season.
From most reports, Bryant & Contreras appear to be the most likely guys to be traded. Although, catcher, Victor Caratini being traded to the Padres with Yu Darvish appears to make the Contreras trade less likely. Plus, a free agent catcher the Cubs were targeting, Jason Castro, has now signed with the Astros. The Cubs picked up catcher, Austin Romine, who is a veteran MLB catcher who has been a back-up for most of his career. Cubs President, Jed Hoyer is also on record as saying that Cubs top catching prospect, Miguel Amaya is not yet ready to play in the major leagues.
Some of the latest rumors have Bryant possibly going to the Mets and Contreras possibly going to the Angels or the Marlins.
Who may the Cubs pick up in Free Agency?:
There were some rumors that Cubs may bring back Jake Arrieta, but other reports that indicated it was unlikely
Cubs watched Mike Foltynewicz pitch in a showcase, but it now appears he will sign with the Rangers.
It's been a little while since I've heard any updates on Jeff Samardzija, but there were reports that the Cubs had interest in bringing back the pitcher they drafted back in 2006.
Jackie Bradley Jr.-this rumor appears to be less likely. I have read some reports that indicate that Ian Happ is now likely to be the teams CF in 2021. Bradley is an excellent defender in center so if they pick him up, Happ would likely be moved to left field. Plus, after George Springer signed a big contract with the Blue Jays, Bradley now projects to be the top center fielder on the free agent market. This may make Bradley too expensive for the Cubs and their current payroll consideration.
"The Cubs are projecting Ian Happ as their primary center fielder, which eliminates Jackie Bradley Jr., a Gold Glove defender who had been briefly connected to the Cubs last month."