The Atlanta Braves have won the 2021 World Series and the offseason has officially started. Find out how that affects the Chicago Cubs and look at some important dates on the calendar.
The MLB Offseason Has Officially Begun
The MLB offseason has officially begun and the “Hot Stove” will be heating up over the next few weeks. The Atlanta Braves just capped off an improbable run to a World Series title, and now the work begins for all 30 teams.
The Cubs are one of the teams that have plenty of work to do, and there are a few key dates to keep in mind. Don’t expect the Cubs to make a ton of moves right away, but they could start to add new talent really anytime over the next few months.
Again, expect the Cubs to be active in free agency, but you can’t expect them to sign all of the biggest free agents. The new front office is expected to make smart financial and baseball decisions this offseason, but some new rules could change the way that they build a roster.
Free Agents Are Now Listed
Now that the 2021 MLB season is officially over, players are officially listed as a free agent if they are no longer under contract. The Cubs have just four free agents at this time, but that number could grow in the coming weeks.
Robinson Chirinos, Matt Duffy, Zach Davies, and Jose Lobaton are the four free agents for the Cubs, and it’s unclear if any will be coming back to Chicago. Duffy would provide the Cubs some value next season, but he could also seek out new opportunities.
The Cubs also have to decide what to do with the long list of players that have a team option for this season. Last year the Cubs famously non-tendered Kyle Schwarber and let him walk for free.
All of this action will take place over the next week, and will lead up to the annual Winter Meetings that take place every year in December.
CBA Set to Expire
Another important date on the calendar is December 1, and it could have a major impact on the Cubs and the rest of Major League Baseball. The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on this date, and it looks like a work stoppage could be coming.
MLB and the union will continue to meet over the next month to agree to an extension to the current CBA, but there are some major issues that need to be discussed. The next CBA is expected to be much different than the current version, and that will affect how the Cubs construct the roster.
One of the biggest issues on the table is the universal designated hitter, which would require the Cubs to find another big bat in free agency. The league could also implement a rule to limit the number of active pitchers for a game, forcing the Cubs to load up on more starting pitchers or long relievers.
The Cubs front office will continue to conduct business before December 1, but the new CBA will largely dictate some moves that are made.