There will be some changes, and soon.
The 2017 World Series begins Tuesday, and will end no more than eight days later. One day after that, every major-league player eligible for free agency will in fact become a free agent.
So only a few days from now, the Cubs‘ 40-man roster will look quite a bit different, as there are eight players eligible for free agency, and some others who will likely eventually be let go.
Some of the open spots on the 40-man will be left for players that need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft; others left for signings or off-season trades.
Here’s the entire 40-man roster and what each player’s status will likely be in the upcoming offseason. Some of this is, of course, my speculation. Players listed as “under team control” are not yet arbitration-eligible.
Jake Arrieta: free agent
Eddie Butler: under team control through 2021
Wade Davis: free agent
Brian Duensing: free agent
Carl Edwards Jr.: under team control through 2022
Luke Farrell: rookie status still intact
Justin Grimm: arbitration-eligible. Likely non-tender
Kyle Hendricks: arbitration-eligible
John Lackey: free agent
Jon Lester: under contract through 2020
Dillon Maples: rookie status still intact
Alec Mills: under …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue