The Chicago Cubs pulled a surprise on Wednesday when they declined to tender a contract to slugger Kyle Schwarber for the 2021 season. As a result, he's now a free agent.
Though every team now has a chance to sign him, we thought we'd narrow things down by ranking each club's likely standing in the Schwarber Sweepstakes.
This involved looking for clubs with a need for a power hitter—Schwarber has topped 30 home runs in a season twice, peaking with 38 blasts in 2019—and openings in left field or at designated hitter. Regarding the latter position, it's notably still unclear as to whether the DH will remain in the National League next season.
Money is one thing that may not be much of an issue in the race to sign Schwarber. The Cubs' alternative to cutting him loose was paying him as much as $9.3 million in arbitration. If they didn't think he's worth that much, the open market probably won't either.