I know. The Chicago Cubs don’t have any money. Regardless, the team should take a serious look at free agent Brock Holt because he’s a perfect fit.
At this point, we’ve written about every potential free agent addition the Cubs could make this offseason. Early on, it featured some of the premier names. Quickly enough, though, we shifted to guys that, in a typical offseason, are footnotes when you’re looking at your favorite club’s big picture come February.
Instead, those very players – like light-hitting infielder Carlos Asuaje – seem to be the team’s entire plan this winter. Payroll restrictions have handcuffed Theo Epstein even more so than they did last winter and it shows. As things currently stand, Chicago will enter the 2020 campaign with the same group – minus some pretty significant subtractions, especially on the pitching staff.
Granted, things could change in the next five weeks before the Cubs head to Mesa, but I’m not holding my breath. At some point, maybe we’ll finally get a resolution on Kris Bryant‘s grievance case – which would give Epstein a much better idea of what to ask for in any potential trades.
So while I’m not expecting any earth-shattering moves (aside from a potential trade of Bryant), I’m still hoping Epstein can do something to shore up a roster that, for the second consecutive year, limped to the finish line, winning just 84 games – their lowest regular season total since 2014.
One of those said moves? Signing former Boston Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt.