The Chicago Cubs Make Roster Moves Ahead of MLB Free Agency
The Chicago Cubs have been busy making roster moves in preparation for the start of MLB free agency this week. Along with these moves, the team has also lost a few players to waiver claims.
Key Roster Changes
Outfielder Cody Bellinger has elected free agency, declining his player option for the 2024 season. The Cubs have also made him a qualifying offer, which means they would receive draft pick compensation if he signs with another team this offseason.
Pitcher Marcus Stroman has also opted out of his contract, choosing free agency, as has relief pitcher Brad Boxberger.
On the other hand, pitcher Drew Smyly has decided to remain with the Cubs by not exercising his opt-out clause.
Players Lost to Waiver Claims
While the Cubs have made several minor league moves recently, not all players cleared waivers. Pitcher Jeremiah Estrada, for example, was claimed on waivers by the San Diego Padres. Infielder Jared Young was also claimed and will be heading to the St. Louis Cardinals.
In addition to these claims, the Cubs have agreed to a trade, sending pitcher Brendon Little to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
Adding to the Roster
The Cubs have made their final move by adding shortstop Luis Vázquez to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 37 players as free agency begins.
Furthermore, a quartet of players has been activated from the 60-day injured list. Pitchers Brandon Hughes, Ethan Roberts, and Codi Heuer, along with infielder Nick Madrigal, are now ready to contribute to the team.
Clearing Room for Free Agency
As the Cubs explore potential moves in free agency, they will need to create space on their 40-man roster. However, with 37 players currently on the roster, they have some flexibility to work with as the free agent window opens.
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