Chicago Cubs: Cheap middle infield depth targets the Cubs could pursue

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Chicago Cubs: Jordy Mercer a versatile and solid middle man

The Cubs have seen plenty of veteran Jordy Mercer over the years in their games against the Pirates. Mercer, now 32, could be seeking a new home as the Pirates have a pool of young guys looking toward the future. The nice thing about him is his versatility as he can play second and shortstop, something the Cubs really like.

Mercer is a career .256/.315/.381 hitter in 821 big league games. Pretty much around average, but he is not terrible. His glove is not Earth-shattering, but he can fill in from time to time.

If the Pirates do not bring him back, he will probably be available for pretty cheap. Hard to picture a team signing him with the intention of making him the everyday guy, unless they are a rebuilding team looking for a sign-and-flip veteran.

Last season he made $6.750 million and made only around $500K annually his first few seasons before making $2.075 million in 2016.