Chicago Cubs: Kurt Suzuki could represent a solid back-up option

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Chicago Cubs: Examining other free agent options

Outside of the outfield positions, catcher is the most depth-friendly skill position for free-agency heading into the 2019 campaign. It bodes well for the Cubs in the opportunity to acquire a low-cost backup option.

Yasmani Grandal leads the pack outright. However, he will easily command the most money on the open market. This season, Grandal played on a one-year, $7.9 million contract. At just 29 years old, he will undoubtedly garner significant interest from teams willing to shell out starter-level money.

Wilson Ramos is the second-best available free-agent catcher. However his contract with Tampa Bay this season paid him $10.5 million. Ramos is four years younger than Suzuki, however, produced just 0.4 more WAR than the vet, and was $7 million more expensive.

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The remaining free agent catchers are not worth the Cubs time if we’re honest. It leaves Kurt Suzuki as the best possible option for the Cubs, as he cost just $3.5 million last season for the Atlanta Braves and will give the Cubs a solid chance to bring him on board for cheap. Theo and company should pull the trigger on Kurt Suzuki.