Assuming the ongoing labor negotiations don’t mess up the upcoming calendar, Friday, December 2 at 10:59 p.m. CT is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
According to this MLB Trade Rumors article, the Cubs don’t have anyone in the non-tender category -- that is to say, all four of the Cubs’ arb-eligible players (Jake Arrieta, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop) will all be tendered contracts. Hopefully they all settle on deals before any arb hearing.
So there won’t be any roster spots open that way, though the Cubs at the present time still have two 40-man roster spots available after the signing of Jon Jay. What I was more interested in discussing here is whether any of you think there are any possible players the Cubs could take a look at among those listed as possible non-tenders from other teams.
Clearly, not all of these players will be non-tendered. A couple of names that do intrigue me are Vance Worley and Wily Peralta.
Peralta is likely a casualty of the Brewers trying to cut costs (as they did by designating Chris Carter for assignment earlier this week). He didn’t have a very good year in 2016 but has been effective in the past.
Worley seems like a guy who could eat up innings as a middle reliever and maybe spot start from time to time.
Your turn. Anyone else on that list look like he’s worth taking a flyer on?