Apologies for the awful Cardi B reference in the headline, it was hard to resist. If you’re uncertain what I mean… then you may be better off.
The Cubs have been busy with player options as the Washington Nationals are making their rounds with the Commissioner’s Trophy. After picking up options for Jose Quintana and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs made a plethora of moves on Monday.
Despite officially exercising Rizzo’s 2020 option, the Cubs also selected the contract of RHP Colin Rea and added him to the 40-man roster. Rea is coming off a PCL Pitcher of the Year campaign with the Iowa Cubs. He was excellent, and many people felt the Cubs would want to get him involved in the bullpen next season.
Aside from the Rea move, the Cubs declined numerous options, also, most notably, the Cubs did not offer Cole Hamels a qualifying offer.
Cole Hamels’ time with the Cubs has seemingly come to an end. There isn’t much surprise here, especially after the late-season collapse Hamels experienced, which were really his first set of struggles in a Cubs uniform. The Cubs need an influx of youth in the starting rotation and unfortunately, that means Cole Hamels will be moving on.
To round out the moves, the Cubs declined options on all of the following players:
The move to decline options on all of the above players frees up a lot of money for the Cubs this offseason. Arguably, the only player’s option of that group that they may have picked up would have been Phelps. However, for $5 million, it isn’t much of a surprise that he was allowed to walk into free agency.
As each day passes, more Cubs’ moves will be reported. Stay in the loop with On Tap Sports Net as the news breaks!
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