Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo. Javy Báez.
The story all season with the three former Cubs core players was their pending free agencies, certainly in the early months of 2021 when they were still with the Cubs.
Now it’s here, and they’re not.
And soon they’ll be able to sign with any team. Bryant, Báez and Rizzo are set to enter free agency for the first time in their careers upon the conclusion of the World Series.
After trading Bryant, Báez and Rizzo this summer, the Cubs publicly said the door is open to bring them back in free agency this winter. However, sources have told NBC Sports Chicago that is unlikely.
Those three may not only have played their last games in a Cubs uniform, but possibly even with the teams they ended the season with.