The Chicago Cubs have several options at second base, but none have stood out at the position. Can they fix this from within, or will it need a trade to address it?
After the Chicago Cubs lost Ben Zobrist to the restricted list as he deals with personal matters, the team have been dealing with a void at second base. While Zobrist is Joe Maddon‘s ‘swiss army knife,’ he mostly likes to deploy him at second base or right field. Without knowing if and when he will return, the Cubs picked up Carlos Gonzalez to play right field. So far, that hasn’t panned out, and the team is missing Zobrist’s presence on the field and in the clubhouse.
To say that the Cubs don’t have options would be a misnomer. They have plenty. But for different reasons, none are a perfect match to start every day at second base. We’re going to dig into these players a little deeper, and why they aren’t a fit to play second every day. We’ll also look into some in-house options if the Cubs don’t want to trade a piece from the big league team.
We’ll also link to an article from our Alex Patt looking at five trade targets for the Cubs, and some could help this issue at second base. So to start, let’s take a look at the three contenders for the spot.