Chicago Cubs could find their answer at second base in free agency

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Chicago Cubs: A once familiar NL Central foe, the veteran lefty is still a solid bat

He may not be overly exciting, but Neil Walker can still put up decent offensive numbers. Last year with Miami the 34-year old veteran hit .261/.344/.395 in 115 games. Walker is a career .267/.339/.427 hitter with 149 homers, 111 wRC+ and 21.8 fWAR player in 1,288 games.

The switch-hitting infielder is not a guy who would likely play 140+ games in a Cubs uniform at this point and could easily share the second base duties with others. One thing the Cubs really lacked last season was reliable depth that could hit, Walker can at least hit.

Walker’s defense is nothing at all to write home about and is probably best his past days. Looking at it, his fit with the team right now is kind of “meh”.

However he could potentially play a role similar to what Daniel Descalso was supposed to play last year. Say the Cubs move on from Descalso and still want a veteran second base/bench utility guy, Walker might be considered.