Updated May 25, 2018 10:57:55 Cubs fans have been waiting to see what Brett Lawries future holds for years.
But when the Cubs announced his contract extension this week, they made it clear that Lawrie would not be part of the team’s plans for the foreseeable future.
“We’re going to be a young team,” general manager Jed Hoyer told reporters.
“And Brett Lawry is going to get an opportunity to make a good contribution.”
While there is no word yet on when the team plans to release Lawrie, Hoyer said he was optimistic that he would be a part of a long-term plan.
“I think he’s going to make an impact, he’ll help us in a way we never could have imagined,” Hoyer added.
“So, yeah, I’m optimistic about that.”
Lawrie spent much of his time with the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Cubs last winter.
But after an injury-plagued 2015 season, he struggled with a .242/.326/.438 batting line and only had one full season of significant playing time in 2016.
Lawrie was a major reason why the Cubs had to trade away ace Chris Sale for left-hander Zack Greinke, and he is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
It is possible that Lawry could be on the market as early as 2019, but that timeline could change depending on his health.
Lawry has been diagnosed with PED use disorder, which is a degenerative brain disorder that causes progressive loss of memory and thinking.
He was diagnosed in 2012, and had undergone treatment at UCLA for a variety of medical conditions.
He returned to the mound in the majors in 2013 and 2014, but was limited to a .209/.287/.302 batting line.
“This year was not the best year of his career,” Humber said of Lawrie’s 2017 season.
“He’s an elite athlete and a guy who’s going into his mid-30s.
He’s going through his life in the twilight years of his life, and I’m sure he’ll be back in the prime of his old age.
I don’t know.
Lawry was the second-highest paid player in the game in 2017, and his contract includes a $14 million signing bonus. “
But I think he’ll get back to that level and he’ll do a great job for the team, and we’ll get a lot out of him.”
Lawry was the second-highest paid player in the game in 2017, and his contract includes a $14 million signing bonus.
The Cubs had a payroll of just over $125 million for the season, and Hoyer has been adamant that Lawries salary will not increase this year.
“You’re talking about one of the best players in the history of the game, and this is a guy that’s going from being a starter to a backup,” Huler said.
“What happens to him when he’s out there?
That’s the question we have to ask ourselves.”
The Cubs are currently in the midst of a rebuilding process with new GM Jed Humber and CEO Jed York.