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

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Chicago Cubs: Veteran still got on base and hit for power this year

After spending a number of years in Minnesota Brian Dozier has bounced around a bit. Last season he spent with the Nationals and put up his sixth-consecutive 20+ home run season. He hit .238/.340/.430 with 20 homers, .771 OPS and 50 RBI in 135 games.

The 32-year-old Dozier still got on base at an above-average rate and hit for respectable power, especially for a second baseman. Since 2014 Dozier has slashed .246/.333/.457 with 168 homers and 187 doubles.

Is he a good fit for the Cubs? He kind of seems like a guy the team would add near the trade deadline in a playoff race to add pop in the lineup. His defense is nothing to write home about and the Cubs would love to really improve their defense after last year. That is not the say Chicago could not pursue him in free agency, he’s just likely not their first choice.

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Depth is such an important thing to have on this team, and solid veterans can provide it. While most of these guys are not the saviors of the team, they can add some sort of value to the team. Theo is going to want to build up infield depth with uncertainties in some of the positions.