The Chicago Cubs have reached agreements with all seven arbitration-eligible players. With this huge piece of business out of the way, what lies ahead?
Friday was the final day for teams and players to exchange salary numbers. After Friday it would have been off to arbitration hearings starting on February 1. This has happened only once under the current regime when Justin Grimm and the Chicago Cubs went to arbitration a year ago.
Given the seven players who were arbitration eligible this year, avoiding arbitration was no small feat. We’ll review the outcome, see where the Cubs stand now financially, and gaze into the crystal ball to see what might happen next.
With a reportedly tight financial situation at hand, getting arbitration figures exchanged and agreed upon may finally open the door for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to address the holes on their club’s roster. But only time will tell.