Chicago Cubs: Marwin Gonzalez should be a serious consideration

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Chicago Cubs: A jack of all trades

Gonzalez possesses a rare ability to be a viable platoon player, seeing action in every skill position this season outside of catcher. For a player to be able to do that are few and far between these days, and it gives teams a significant advantage for their depth.

For Gonzalez, of the 145 games he played this season, he saw action in either the outfield, second or short in 113. His biggest strength with the leather came in left field, where he posted a very respectable 12.6 UZR/150 and a 6 DRS. However, Gonzalez won’t be brought in to play left field. He will more than likely be brought in to play second base.

Last season, Gonzalez saw a total of 183 1/3 innings at second base. He finished with a less than impressive -0.4 UZR/150, however, did post a positive DRS of 1. Not remarkable, but certainly could have been worse. Another position Gonzales saw the time it was first base. Finishing with 176 total innings, he finished with a UZR/150 of 6.2 and a 1 DRS, which is surprising considering everything else he can do. On days the Cubs need to give Rizzo days off, Gonzalez could also slot in serving as an above-average defender.

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