Chicago Cubs: Four players looking to rebound in 2020
Chicago Cubs: After a career-worst season in 2019, it can only get better.
We have talked about Daniel Descalso before and how/if he can bounce back in 2020. His .173/.271/.250 with a .521 OPS in 82 games was very hard to stomach for him and the team. Again, as mentioned by many, it seemed pretty clear that his ankle injury which he tried to play through was a big contributor of his final season results. Regardless, he will want to improve in 2020.
Descalso will not have a major role going forward, certainly not a starter. He is a guy who will fill in for someone when needed and brought in as a pinch hitter, pinch runner or possibly a defensive replacement in a game. He might have some competition in spring training with Hernan Perez coming in as a non-roster invitee, but it depends on who else the Cubs bring in and if Nico Hoerner makes the team.
Descalso is owed $2.5 million in 2020 so the Cubs would probably like to see him be a decent contributor, even if in a limited role. There is little to no trade value with him right now. That being said who knows how much longer he will be on the team, spring training could make or break that.
The veteran might not be a particularly good hitter, but he is capable of .240/.340/.390 which would be a nice bounceback for him.