As the Cubs look to “thread the needle” this offseason, according to Theo Epstein, of retooling the roster while remaining competitive, we could see several core pieces on the move as they lower payroll following a season of revenue losses and entering an uncertain financial period in 2021.
Eight Cubs officially became free agents last week, and the club already made several decisions on 2021 contract options. When other potential moves occur is anyone’s guess; in a normal financial climate last winter, the Cubs’ biggest moves didn’t happen until January and February, when they signed Jeremy Jeffress, Jason Kipnis and Steven Souza.
A lot can happen between now and Opening Day. Competitive uncertainties, such as if the National League will have a DH, remain. None of this takes into account if the Cubs are able to get major league value in return in potential trades. In the meantime, here’s an early projection of the 2021 roster, with two spots left open.