Cubs’ arb class linked to lack of extensions

CHICAGO — One of the underlying forces driving the current direction of the Cubs has been the lack of extensions for their core group. It is a situation that has necessitated a year-by-year approach that is now closing in on a finish line of sorts. Friday marks the deadline for

CHICAGO — One of the underlying forces driving the current direction of the Cubs has been the lack of extensions for their core group. It is a situation that has necessitated a year-by-year approach that is now closing in on a finish line of sorts.

Friday marks the deadline for teams to exchange proposed salary figures with any remaining arbitration-eligible players. For the Cubs, that group is headlined by Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras, who continue a march toward free agency.

“There are certainly players that we have that we’d love to keep long-term,” Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said last month. “There’s no question about that. We just haven’t — with this group — been able to get to that place where it made sense. I’m really proud of the offers we’ve made.”

The current cast of still-unsigned arbitration-eligible players includes Báez, Bryant, and Contreras, along with Zach Davies and Ian Happ. If the sides do not strike a deal on a new contract before a scheduled arbitration hearing, then a three-person panel will hear arguments and decide on one of two salary options.

Báez…

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