This will be an interesting offseason for the Chicago Cubs under new manager David Ross as talk has circulated that the team could trade one of their core pieces. The expectation is that the Cubs would move on from a player like Kris Bryant, Javier Baez or Willson Contreras if the price is right.
But a report on Friday suggests that the team is looking to keep at least one of those players long term.
The Chicago Sun-Time’s Gordon Wittenmyer is reporting that extensions have already begun with Baez. Wittenmyer is covering the GM Meetings in Arizona and wrote on some topics regarding the Cubs, including a possible Baez extension:
The two-time All-Star shortstop and 2018 MVP runner-up already has begun negotiations on a potential long-term extension with the Cubs, according to sources. It’s the first big step in knowing what their financial landscape might look like not only for this winter but for planning their strategy for the next several years.Chicago Sun-Times
That’s some pretty big news to come out of the GM meetings, especially after it has been reported earlier this week that the Cubs would listen to offers for Contreras and that Bryant is open to an long-term extension with the team.
Could Chicago keep their core and make another run at a title? Sure, but also the long-term of the franchise needs to be taken into consideration here as the price to keep the core will be very high.