Chicago Cubs: These two make a lot of sense as trade chips
David Bote has come into his own as a big leaguer over the first half of the season. He made his way from Triple-A Iowa to the majors multiple times as the roster shuttles back-and-forth.
In his first 19 major league games, Bote carries a .300 batting average with one home run and a couple runs batted in. Even though those might not be mind-blowing numbers, he has been imposing. He works the count in all of his at-bats and has an excellent glove regardless of where he plays on the field.
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Bote is an excellent 25-year-old player. But the problem for Bote is the entire Cubs infield is young – and there’s just not a spot for him. The diamond is too crowded and he’s a player who appears to have big league talent. In Chicago, he has a very limited future.
A guy who can hit, play first and catch?
In 35 games in the majors this year Caratini is hitting .274. He has been the Cubs’ backup catcher for the majority of the season while also getting a few starts at first base. The fact of the matter is that Victor Caratini is a solid catcher who deserves a chance to start far more than he does right now.