While most headlines will focus on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the Chicago Cubs could go after Ben Zobrist‘s heir apparent in Marwin Gonzalez.
The complete definition of a super-utility player, Marwin Gonzalez is poised to become a free agent in 2019. Coming off back-to-back strong seasons, Gonzalez will undoubtedly be a hot commodity this winter. The Chicago Cubs should make a serious attempt to bring him onboard.
Many fans will remember (or forget), that Gonzalez was once a member of the Chicago Cubs organization. Signed by the club all the way back in 2005 as an international free-agent, Gonzalez tooled around the system until 2011, before being shipped off to the Boston Red Sox.
Gonzalez never made it to the Show with the Cubs but did show flashes of talent during his time in the minors. Unfortunately, the Wrigley faithful never saw him in a big league uniform until he was out of Chicago. Fast forward over a decade later and the team has a chance to turn back the clock.
The state of the Cubs’ depth warrants a sharp look at Gonzalez. Gonzalez is primarily an outfielder, left field to be exact, however, the likelihood that he is brought in to fill that role is not very high. His other central positions are, conveniently, second base and shortstop. Gonzalez filled in this season, totaling 71 games between the two positions.