The Chicago Cubs are in a very difficult position. They are not a good baseball team and their superstars that helped them win the World Series in 2016 are all on expiring contracts at the same time. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant could all be traded if they don’t sign extensions before the deadline next week. None of them have been good enough to warrant some of the money that they believe they deserve either which makes things even worse.
The biggest example out there right now is Javier Baez. According to a report from Jon Heyman, a 200 million dollar contract could be needed to get Javy extended. That is a lot of money for a player like him. Baez was an MVP caliber player in 2018 and 2019 but has taken a major dip since. His 2020 was awful and 2021 has flaws as well.