Chicago Cubs: What expanded rosters mean for this year’s club

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Chicago Cubs: A guy who has one job – run

The Cubs front office likes to have at least one pinch running specialist on the 40-man roster in September. It’s a handy weapon to give a manager in September and usually makes good use of a roster spot. In 2015, they acquired both Quintin Berry and Austin Jackson. Last year, Leonys Martín was acquired to fill that role. This year the front office traded for Royals outfielder Terrance Gore.

If you’ve never heard of Gore, don’t feel bad. Over the course of the last four seasons, Gore only has 14 plate appearances. He hasn’t played in the Major Leagues yet this season. However, he does have 21 stolen bases in just 25 attempts. Yes, that’s right, Gore has more stolen bases than plate appearances.

Gore isn’t currently on the 40-man. So the front office will have to find a way to make room to add him in order to call him up to the bigs.