Cubs Plan to Tender Bryant, Cut Ties with Almora, Schwarber
Reports indicate that the Cubs will tender Kris Bryant, while Albert Almora and Kyle Schwarber will not be tendered and become free agents.
On one of the most anticipated days of the offseason thus far, the Cubs are continuing to report that Kris Bryant will receive a tender from the team, which was first reported over the weekend. Now, it’s sounding like the Cubs will be cutting ties with a pair of outfielders in Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber as well.
As Bob Nightengale reported, the Cubs are definitely tendering Kris Bryant, which indicates that they can hang on to him for the 2021 season if they choose, but have been rumored to still be exploring a trade including the star third baseman.
As for the others, the Albert Almora non-tender isn’t much of a surprise. Albert Almora was the first draft pick of the Theo Epstein regime back in 2012. The then high school product was looked at as a future Gold Glove centerfielder with a bat that could develop into something special. Instead, Almora struggled to be an everyday player and stick with the Cubs. However, the highlight of his career was arguably his base running in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
Albert Almora Jr., assuming the reports are true, will finish his Cubs career with a .271/.309/.707 slash line in addition to 332 hits, 28 home runs, and 134 RBI’s.
As for Schwarber, the legend that was the Indiana University product grew when he returned from his ACL injury in 2016. He performed admirably as the DH for the Cubs, contributing heavily in their four games in Cleveland during the World Series. Schwarber also had one of the greatest runs, in a two-month period, during the second half of the 2019 season. That stretch saw him accumulate a 151 wRC+ and hit 20 home runs after the All-Star break.
However, the rest of Schwarber’s tenure in Chicago was unfortunately inconsistent, and despite showing flashes of the potential, he never raised his game to the hype surrounding him after the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Schwarber will finish his Cubs career with a .230/.336/.816 slash line and 416 hits, 121 home runs, and 279 RBI’s.