Cubs: Veteran Jason Kipnis could be Cubs 2020 David Ross
Chicago Cubs: Was Kipnis a good deal or another lousy deal?
Overall, the Cubs made a good move with Kipnis. They were looking for a capable second baseman, left-handed batter, and someone capable of helping in the outfield as well. Add to the mix that the free-agent price was right where the Cubs wanted it in a minor-league deal.
Kipnis is as excited to be coming home to Chicago as an outfielder, and former Cub Nicholas Castellanos was about playing last season. Can you imagine the charge Kipnis can give to the Cubs this season if he stays healthy?
All season we’ve seen names like the Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado or the former Washington National Anthony Rendon or Boston Red Sox free-agent Brock Holt thrown around as possible comers for the 2020 Cubs team but none of those ideas fleshed out. With Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant’s fate yet undetermined, Kipnis could also be a valuable pawn to drive or stop negotiations or trades.
When fans stepped back and considered Arenado or Holt was coming to Chicago, they quickly saw it was liking putting square pegs in round holes. The Cubs front office has done some excellent work here hiring Kipnis, who fits the mold of this team perfectly and so could become the 2020 Ross or Zobrist-type mentor the team needs for a lift.
It’s been 12 years since Kipnis was drafted and left Chicago.
Well, kid, you finally made it back. Welcome home, ‘Dirtbag’.