Aroldis Chapman, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan among seven Cubs to become free agents
139 players have become free agents since the end of The World Series. And the Cubs have seven players that are officially free agents, including David Ross who is retiring from baseball.
LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, OF/INF Chris Coghlan, INF Munenori Kawasaki, RHP Joe Smith and C David Ross became free agents Thursday, Nov. 3 and are eligible to sign with any team beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Dexter Fowler and Jason Hammel have options on their contracts for the 2017 season. Fowler is declining his part of the mutual option for 2017 and will receive a $5 million buyout. The Cubs are expected to exercise the $12 million club option on Hammel for next season and retain the veteran right-hander.
Dexter Fowler has not officially filed for free agency.
Aroldis Chapman is expected to sign the largest free agent contract ever by a closer, easily surpassing the four-year, $50 million contract Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Phillies. The Yankees are reportedly very interested in bringing Chapman back to the Bronx.
Chapman appeared in 28 games for the Cubs after he was acquired from the Yankees for a package of players including top prospect SS Gleyber Torres and RHP Adam Warren. Chapman was 1-1 with a 1.01 ERA, 0.82 HIP and 0.82 FIP. Chapman saved 16 games.
Travis Wood was the longest tenured player on the Cubs roster. Wood just completed his fifth season with the Cubs. Wood was 4-0 in 77 games with a 2.95 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 4.54 FIP. Wood allowed 24 runs, 20 earned, on 45 hits with 24 walks and 47 strikeouts in 61 innings.
The Cubs re-signed Trevor Cahill last winter after Chris Bosio got his career back on track at the end of the 2015 season. Cahill turned down offers to be a starting pitcher in order to re-sign with the Cubs. Cahill was 4-4 in 50 games, one start, with a 2.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 4.35 FIP.
Chris Coghlan was traded to the A’s in Spring Training to make room on the roster and clear payroll for Dexter Fowler. The Cubs acquired Aaron Brooks from Oakland for Coghlan. The Cubs reacquired Coghlan from the A’s for INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara. Coghlan played in 48 games for the Cubs and hit .252/.391/.388 with seven doubles, two triples and one home run for a .779 OPS. Coghlan was horrible during his time in Oakland (.146/.215/.272 with .487 OPS) and finished the season .188/.290/.318 with 12 doubles, two triples and six home runs for a .608 OPS.
Munenori Kawasaki signed a minor league contract with the Cubs last off-season and spent the spring in big league camp. Kawasaki was added to the 40-man roster and played in 14 games in the majors. Kawasaki hit .333/.462/.429 with two doubles for a .890 OPS. Kawasaki spent a majority of his season with Triple-A Iowa and hit .255/.352/.312 with 11 doubles, two triples and one home run for a .664 OPS in 102 games.
Joe Smith made 16 appearances for the Cubs after he was acquired from the Angels at the deadline. Smith was not included on any of the three postseason rosters. Smith was 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 5.94 FIP. Smith was a combined 2-5 with six saves, a 3.46 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 4.99 FIP in 54 games with the Angels and Cubs.
The qualifying offer for this season is $17.2 million. Teams have until Monday to make qualifying offers to their free agents.
The Cubs cannot make a qualifying offer to Aroldis Chapman because he was acquired in-season. The Cubs will not be making qualifying offers to Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, Chris Coghlan, Joe Smith or Munenori Kawasaki.
Minor League free agency begins Nov. 8.