CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs non-tendered 2016 World Collection hero Kyle Schwarber on Wednesday, making him a free agent after six seasons with the staff, whereas tendering a contract to 2016 Nationwide League MVP Kris Bryant in addition to shortstop Javier Baez and catcher Willson Contreras.
“He wasn’t stunned,” new Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer stated of Schwarber in a video name with reporters Wednesday night time. “He was upset. Any competitor could be.”
Schwarber, 27, was in his closing yr of arbitration, however the staff let him go quite than pay him round $eight million-$9 million subsequent season. The Cubs haven’t dominated out bringing him again on a lesser deal, although.
“We’ll undoubtedly hold the door open,” Hoyer stated. “We’ll proceed to speak about methods to deliver him again. … We had dialog. He is a Cubs legend. No query about that.”
Schwarber hit .230 with 121 dwelling runs in 551 regular-season video games, however he’ll be remembered for his playoff performances, throughout which he compiled a .981 OPS in 24 video games.
He hit .412 in 5 video games because the Cubs’ designated hitter within the 2016 World Collection, which Chicago received in seven video games over the Cleveland Indians. After lacking all however two video games of the 2016 common season — and the following playoff rounds — due to a knee harm, Schwarber got here again to star within the World Collection.
Supervisor Joe Maddon made him the Cubs’ leadoff hitter the next yr, after Dexter Fowler left through free company. Schwarber flopped in that function, hitting .190 with a .312 on-base share earlier than spending time within the minors.
He rebounded in 2018 and 2019, hitting 64 dwelling runs, however his shortened 2020 season did not go effectively. Schwarber hit simply .188 with 11 dwelling runs in 59 video games.
The Cubs additionally stated goodbye to a different 2016 mainstay, Albert Almora Jr., who was demoted to the alternate website in 2020. And although there’s hypothesis Bryant could possibly be moved earlier than subsequent season, he was tendered a contract for 2021 that ought to pay him near $20 million.
Along with Baez and Contreras, the Cubs additionally tendered contracts to catcher Victor Caratini and outfielder Ian Happ. These gamers, together with Bryant, will both negotiate a one-year or longer-term offers, or go to an arbitration listening to in February to find out their salaries.
The Cubs did comply with phrases for 2021 with pitchers Colin Rea ($702,500), Dan Winkler ($900,000) and Kyle Ryan, who’s on a cut up contract that may pay him $800,000 if he is on the most important league staff.
With out followers in attendance at Wrigley Area, the Cubs stated they misplaced between $125 million and $140 million in 2020. Entrance-office and baseball operations workers had been let go in a sequence of cost-cutting strikes, and a discount in payroll was on the agenda for the staff this offseason — together with an offensive makeover. The core group of gamers who received the World Collection in 2016 had collectively stalled on the plate.
Schwarber’s launch is the primary main signal of each the payroll and personnel turnover. And it’s the first main determination beneath Hoyer’s watch, after Theo Epstein stepped down with a yr left on his deal.
Schwarber was the Cubs’ first-round decide, fourth total, within the 2014 draft after attending Indiana College.