Cubs Rumors: Descalso may not be exciting, but is a good defender
There are a number of ways to look at the potential of Daniel Descalso. Lets face it, fans certainly do not want him to be the “big move” of the offseason. If that were the case, then it would be a pretty big bummer. However if he is just a depth move in a series of other moves, then Descalso is not a bad asset to pursue.
The strengths of Descalso are pretty clear, versatile man who can play multiple positions with a solid/reliable glove. Plug him in defensively or put him in to give a starter a day off. His bat is pretty much the definition of mediocre, .240/.324/.370 career line with 46 home runs in 997 games.
He did hit a career-high 13 homers in 2018 with Arizona, but has only cracked 10 twice in his nine year career. It may also be worth noting that his last three years he has a respectable .344 OBP collectively and career-high .353 OBP last year as his walk rate has gradually risen. Still, he pretty much projects to be a .240/.330/.390 hitter going forward. Not bad, not special.
As the Harper-hopes become more and more in question, these are the types of moves we may end up seeing this offseason. Nothing set in stone, but be prepared for that possibility.