Cubs’ core on board for extension talks

MESA, Ariz. — Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer let it be known before Spring Training that he planned on sitting down with some core players in the coming weeks to see where things stood on the topic of potential extensions. The players have made it clear they are ready to listen.

In the early portion of camp, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo each said publicly that they look forward to the conversation with Hoyer. And all four expressed that they would love to stick with the Cubs beyond their current contracts.

“I think it’s a testament to ownership and the front office and the coaching staff, and all the staff, that guys want to be here,” Hoyer said on Sunday in Arizona. “They enjoy the environment. Obviously, we’ve got the ballpark and the fan base and the city, but people want to be here, and that’s a great thing.

“That was kind of the theme I felt, reading the parade of articles one day after another, was guys saying that. More as a collective, I think that’s great that they feel [that way] about this place.”

What that means for possible negotiations remains to be seen.

Báez, Bryant and Rizzo are currently on pace for free agency next offseason, while Contreras is under contractual control through 2022. The Cubs were down the road to some degree in talks with Báez last spring, but that…

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