3 Players Who Won't Be on the Cubs Roster Next Year

Three players that won't be on the Cubs roster next season, including Jeremy Jeffress.
Three players that won't be on the Cubs roster next season, including Jeremy Jeffress. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Opening Day of the 2021 MLB season is quickly approaching, but teams still have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to roster construction. The Chicago Cubs have already made headlines this offseason when they dealt starting pitcher Yu Darvish to the San Diego Padres. They enter the 2021 season as one of the favorites to win a crowded NL Central division.

With that in mind, here are three players that won't be on the Cubs roster next MLB season.

1. Jeremy Jeffress, RP

Jeremy Jeffress is a veteran relief pitcher that appeared in 22 games with the Cubs last season. He finished with a 4-1 record and a 1.54 ERA as he became one of the team's top options out of the bullpen. However, he is now in the midst of free agency and it doesn't seem likely the Cubs will be re-signing him for the upcoming season. The Cubs have already made free-agent acquisitions to shore up their bullpen in Brandon Workman and Pedro Strop. Letting Jeffress go could simply come down to money as he is sure to bring about a price tag the Cubs may not be willing to meet.

2. Daniel Descalso, Utility

Daniel Descalso wasn't an everyday player for the Cubs, but he became a solid option off of the bench for pinch-hitting and substitution opportunities. Descalso scored 20 runs and racked up 15 RBIs in the 2019 season appearing in 82 games for the team. He missed all of last season with an ankle injury and it has caused the team to release ties with him. The Cubs decided to decline Descalso's team option for the upcoming season and he now enters the offseason looking for a new team.

3. Colin Rea, RP

As can be seen, the relief pitcher position is one that features a lot of changes as Colin Rea initially signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in December before he was recently released by the team. Rea appeared in 9 games last season and finished with a 1-1 record and a 5.79 ERA. He wasn't able to stop runs from scoring and struck out 10 batters in 14.0 innings pitched. Much like the other two players on this list, Rea continues to search for a new team to play for and reports suggest he may sign with a Japanese team.

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