Chicago Cubs roster outlook for 2021: Who will return and who will be gone?

The Chicago Cubs won the National League Central for the third time in five seasons and returned to the playoffs in their first year as manager of David Ross. But the Miami Marlins swept them in a best-of-three wildcard streak for another early postseason exit.
Team President Theo Epstein emphasized in his press conference at the end of the season that at least some changes to the list of cubs were "necessary". Here's a look at who is expected to return in 2021 and who is likely to be gone.
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Jugs
- Yu Darvish
Status: Signed until 2023.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Based on the past 1½ seasons, Darvish is a bargain with three seasons and $ 59 million on his contract. Not many pitchers can dominate with such a large repertoire of pitches.
- Kyle Hendricks
Status: Signed until 2023.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Hendricks is reliable and goes deeper into the games. His contract also gives the Cubs cost security for three more seasons.
- Jon Lester
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? This depends on whether the Cubs can acquire at least one reliable starter through the trade. The Cubs are expected to buy up Lester for $ 10 million and try to work out an agreement with him for 2021.
- Alec Mills
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? The mills became a capable starter at the far end of the rotation. He needs to improve against left-handers but has shown a strong willingness to learn.
- Adbert Alzolay
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? His last two appearances - 15 strikes in nine innings - give him a good opportunity to finish fifth in the rotation. He could get up quickly if he stayed healthy while maintaining a devastating slider.
- Tyler Chatwood
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Due to control problems and injuries, the Cubs only received snippets of Chatwood's potential. He'll likely get more guaranteed work with another team.
- Jose Quintana
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Quintana would be a perfect match for the White Sox, with whom he achieved much of his success. What's more disappointing that Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease might blossom into all-stars or that Quintana doesn't offer enough consistency with the Cubs?
- Craig Kimbrel
Status: Signed until 2022.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Kimbrel's recovery in September was reminiscent of his dominant season with the Atlanta Braves. The Cubs could keep him - as long as they argue.
- Jeremy Jeffress
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Jeffress will follow several veteran helpers - Jesse Chavez, Brandon Kintzler, Steve Cishek - who went on for greater guarantees.
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Rowan Wick
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? A left oblique injury hampered part of his development. If Jeffress doesn't return, Wick will play a bigger role in late inning situations.
- Kyle Ryan
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Ryan could be a victim of arbitration. His base ball rate and speed dropped, and he was never thrown off track after a technical move delayed his arrival for summer practice.
- Jason Adam
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? As one of the better discoveries of the 2020 season, Adam made the most of his time at the alternative location in South Bend and had one of the sharpest corners in the Bullpen.
- Ryan Tepera
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Manager David Ross was quick to admit he was wrong about removing Tepera from the opening roster, and Tepera showed a sharp slider when called back from South Bend.
- Duane Underwood Jr.
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Though Underwood's home run rate was high, he made enough improvements to earn another look.
- Dan Winkler
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? He could be another victim of arbitration after a season of rebound. He posted an ERA of 2.95 but created many high rope situations.
- Brad Wieck
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Wieck has many perks distracted by spring training heart flutter and right Achilles tendon and left knee injuries.
- Colin Rea
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Rea will continue to take on a swing role, similar to the one planned for Alec Mills last season.
- Andrew Chafin
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Chafin will explore the free agency for the first time. A left finger injury that paused him until the last week of the season shouldn't detract from his worth.
- Rex Brothers
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Manager David Ross is a huge supporter of Brothers who has been hampered by control issues but has a fastball of 95 mph.
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Catcher
- Willson Contreras
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? The Cubs should be in no rush to trade Contreras, who has two more seasons under control and was one of the few players to show improvements in September.
- Victor Caratini
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Caratini continues to handle Yu Darvish well, but he didn't show much strength on the plate.
- Josh Phegley
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Miguel Amaya gained experience at the alternate location in South Bend and could be a phone call if Contreras or Caratini are injured.
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Infielders
- Anthony Rizzo
Status: $ 16.5 million team option for 2021.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? What he lacked in production was made up for by a lot of guidance under Ross' encouragement. Be sure to clear his contract status before he becomes a free agent after the next season.
- Jason Kipnis
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted his homecoming. The cubs need to see more of Nico Hoerner.
- David messenger
Status: Signed until 2024.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? He's one of the team's top fastball hitters and has a team-friendly contract. He lives from a versatile role.
- Nico Hoerner
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? His playing time mysteriously shortened late in the season. He won't be known as a power hitter, but his contact rate will improve.
- Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant, the Cubs' third baseman, looks up after battling the Twins at Wrigley Field on September 20.
Kris Bryant, the Cubs' third baseman, looks up after battling the Twins at Wrigley Field on September 20. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)
Status: Arbitration allowed.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Bryant is an unfair target for trying to play through injuries and a fake report stating that he turned down a $ 200 million contract offer. Even so, the Cubs have too many holes to fill with a vacant agency that is emerging for Bryant.
- Javier Baez
Status: Arbitration allowed.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? An uncertain financial landscape calls into question its long-term future for the team in question. An increase in the strike rate was alarming. His strong preference to stay gives hope for a long term future with the team.
- Ildemaro Vargas
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? The Cubs have a lot of infield versatility in the major league and depth in the minors, making Vargas dispensable.
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Outfielder
- Jason Heyward
Status: Signed until 2023.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Heyward's production matched his leadership skills this season. He played a different note in the right field.
- Ian Happ
Status: Under team control.
Will he return in 2021? Yes.
Why? Happ saved the offense from becoming brutal. Analytics wasn't good for his midfield defense, but it hasn't cost the Cubs any games.
- Kyle Schwarber
Status: Arbitration Allowed.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Schwarber seems to suit the New York Yankees who need a left-handed man. Its 29.5% strike rate was worrying.
- Albert Almora Jr.
Status: Arbitration allowed.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? Almora lost playtime to Happ and never got enough bats to find a groove with a new attitude. He could benefit from a change of scene.
- Jose Martinez
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? The adoption of the trading deadline was intended to satisfy a need that he did not meet on the right. The Cubs are looking for a left-handed person with a high contact rate.
- Cameron Maybin
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? The veteran received rave reviews from teammates during his short time after acquiring the trading deadline.
- Billy Hamilton
Status: Free agent.
Will he return in 2021? No.
Why? The Cubs desperately need his speed, but hitting has a higher priority.
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