Next season, the Chicago Cubs will boast a 26th roster spot – which gives them the flexibility to add a specialist. That specialist should be Terrance Gore.
Regardless of your feelings and inclinations about how good the Chicago Cubs will be in 2020, they have the pieces in place to be successful if things break the right way. Point blank. Period.
A team with the versatility of the Cubs as now constituted should take advantage of said versatility and flexibility by adding a specialist with the extra man all MLB teams will be allowed to carry in the upcoming season. It is one of the arguments I made for keeping Tommy La Stella last fall when the Cubs traded away “3AM” to the Angels – specialists who can do one thing and one thing well are super useful on a team where you have multiple guys who are able to competently move around the infield and outfield.
While you could make the case for any number of specialists in the game today, one thing the Cubs have been missing from their squad over the last couple years is a speedster. A burner. A guy who can swipe a bag any time he wants.
Enter Terrance Gore.
Sure, the Cubs did have Gore for a few weeks, and were able to deploy him in the Wild Card game in 2018. However, they didn’t have him over the course of a season and did not commit to him in a specific and understood role. What I’m proposing with Gore as the 26th man is this: take full advantage of his unique and elite skill set over and entire 162 game schedule and, hopefully, beyond.