The Chicago Cubs are going to need veterans to step up in big ways this year.
Lets face it, the Chicago Cubs have not made a lot of additions this offseason in terms of veteran players. However they have added some veterans that are capable of being either regular contributors or fill a role when needed. Even if the names are not necessarily big or flashy.
Anything can happen in a 60-game season, and with the uncertainty of COVID-19, smaller veteran depth guys might asked to step into a bigger role at any given time. Right now the Cubs are all present and healthy but things can unfortunately change. Injuries also play a big factor especially when the season is so short. There is already concern with Anthony Rizzo’s back and Jose Quintana’s thumb.
The Cubs were running on a frustratingly tight budget this past offseason and they had to improve the veteran depth on the team with little to spend. Last season the supporting cast around the core was pretty weak which was a big reason the 2019 variation of the club missed the postseason altogether. Is the veteran depth better this year? Here is a look at some additions they have made and what roles they could play.