Chicago Cubs: A permanent second baseman could solidify the lineup in more ways than one
The Washington Nationals heading into the 25th of June sit eight games out of first place and three games below .500. They are still in reach of a Wild Card spot, but the next month can make or break their chances. Right now the Nationals seem to be likely sellers than buyers, but that could change.
Howie Kendrick has gotten a lot of attention this year. The 35-year old veteran is slashing .335/.388/.588 with 12 homers in 63 games. He is third on the team in OBP and tied for second in homers. Kendrick is another versatile player who would fit in very well on the Cubs to fill their second base hole. With Russell and Descalso struggling and Ben Zobrist being out, adding him would help out in a lot of ways. That bat would be a real boost on its own.
Kendrick is on the last year of his deal and is making $4 million this year. Probably the biggest question is will the Cubs be able to make it work financially. In reality, they possibly could, but they also are preaching about the budget they set in place for this year. If Epstein can get him at a reasonable price asset wise, then ownership should let him pull the trigger.