The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players is 10:59pm CST on Friday and the Cubs have five players arbitration eligible for next season: Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, James Russell, Luis Valbuena and Ian Stewart. The Cubs were expected to tender contracts to at least four of the five players, with the lone exception possibly being Ian Stewart but there may end up being a couple of players not offered contracts for next season.
Jed Hoyer told reporters on Friday afternoon they are still have conversations with players but they are “very likely to have a couple of non-tenders.” The Cubs hope they can work out possible free-agent deals with any player they non-tender. Jed Hoyer also indicated that the roster figures to be below 40 at the end of Friday. The Cubs are not viewing any players as “untouchable” but they “have several players” they would have a hard time parting with. Jed Hoyer told reporters they “have to address” their outfield and also said that prospects are far enough away that they would not be blocking any of them with veteran players.
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