Given how much Joe Maddon values defensive versatility and prowess, could the Chicago Cubs reunite with 2009 draft pick D.J. LeMahieu this offseason?
The Chicago Cubs middle infield is far from the long-term strength we perceived it to be just a couple short years ago. While Javier Baez has emerged as a National League MVP candidate, it seems pretty unlikely Addison Russell ever plays another game on the North Side.
So let’s assume the Cubs and Russell part ways at some point before Opening Day 2019. Where does Theo Epstein turn to fill the other middle infield spot? Does he consider retaining veteran (and semi-injury prone) Daniel Murphy?
I’d wager against such a move given Murphy’s shoddy defense, history of back problems and age (he turns 34 next April). So does Tommy La Stella or David Bote take the reins at second? Not if the Cubs want to have a shot at a fifth-straight postseason appearance.
Instead, the team could look at a familiar face – current Colorado Rockies infielder D.J. LaMahieu.