Chicago Cubs: Solidifying the infield
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Midway through the season, the team brought in Daniel Murphy, who served well for the club. Now that Murphy is due for free agency himself, mixed with the fact that he made $17.5 million this season, it will be difficult to see the Cubs bringing him back.
The club is also dealing with the fallout from the situation with Addison Russell, who will serve the remainder of a 40-game domestic abuse suspension to open the season. Looking at the team’s roster construction (paired with the semi-likely trades we’ll see) why wouldn’t the Cubs make a serious attempt at pursuing him?
Gonzalez, as mentioned above, is coming off a strong run with the Houston Astros. Over the last two years, he registered 1,067 at-bats, posting a very respectable .274/.349/.467 slash line, an .817 OPS, with an impressive 123 wRC+ and a .349 wOBA. The Houston utility man carried a salary of $5.125 million this season. For the Cubs, spending that kind of money for solid production should be a consideration.