Chicago Cubs: Three players who’ll benefit from spring training 2.0
Chicago Cubs – Daniel Descalso
I got to be honest. The Cubs’ Daniel Descalso is as far from making team. And the team kept him on the IL to the last day possible. In the last years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he hit 10 and 13, respectively. In his last year with the Diamondbacks, he’s posted a WAR of 0.9–the highest of his career. He was increasing in home runs and RBI. He hit .238 in his final year with the Diamondbacks. He was a solid backup.
Last year with the Cubs? It was completely opposite. In 2019, the slash was .173/.271/.250 with an OPS of .521. He had only two home runs and 15 RBI. His wRC+ was 42–the lowest of his career. (Rockies, 44) The slash line was awful in spring training, consisting of a .160/.250/.160 with an OPS of .410.
Descalso needs to have a good spring training, or he could be relegated to the taxi squad. And that’s not preferred–by anyone. Or he could be released. In the end, what happens to Descalso is his decision–not the team. Descalso is a solid player. But he’s gotten the injury bug. Would it be best to let him go?