As the MLB playoffs follow their usual exhilarating, unpredictable path fans of those teams not in the tournament slowly begin to turn their eyes toward the pending free agency period.
Who will their team sign or trade for? Who will be brought back or allowed to sign elsewhere?
As for the Chicago Cubs, their fans will be more inclined to ask the question posed in the former as opposed to the latter. This offseason the Chicago Cubs have a nominal number of traditional free agents at a current total of four—Shawn Camp, Randy Wells, Blake DeWitt, and Alex Hinshaw.
They have a few pre-arbitration players—players who have less than three years of experience but are eligible for the league minimum salary. But their roster is chock-full of arbitration eligible players that could become free agents if the club decides to label them non-tendered candidates.
If the Cubs decide to let some of these players go so they can have more room to pursue other free agents, those not brought back will find themselves wading through deep water.
Free agents that spent the previous year on one of the worst teams in the league are usually not in line for big paydays
For those who were the worst of baseball’s second worse, will need a snorkel.