It’s normal that a team like the Chicago Cubs would want to keep their options open to improve their roster towards next season.
With the non-tender deadline approaching fast towards tonight, the Cubs should really have an open mind not only about the players they should tender, but also looking at guys that weren’t offered deals by other teams.
The Cubs have 11 players that need to be either tendered or set free: James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Pedro Strop, Daniel Bard, George Kottaras, Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena are expected to receive a new deal while Donnie Murphy, Darwin Barney and Mat Gamel are on the bubble.
Out of the latter two, Barney is the only one who has a chance of coming back to the roster because Gamel has no defensive versatility and Murphy has an offer from Japan that he would like to accept. If these two players are non-tendered, the Cubs would create two more spots in the 40-man roster. While there aren’t highly-valued players expecting to be let go, there are some arms and bats that could be useful to the organization.
Players like Travis Snider and Drew Stubbs seem to be solid fits, while the Cubs could take a chance on relievers like Kevin Jepsen and Andrew Bailey as they could be an improvement over what the Cubs already have in their pen.
It remains to be seen what will happen with the team, but the Cubs should keep all their options open. Their MLB roster doesn’t have many quality players, and they need all the help they can get before their highly-touted prospects start to arrive.