With pocket change to work with, the Cubs can still address second base.
Going into the 2021 season, it is be safe to assume Nico Hoerner is still seen as the long-term solution for the Chicago Cubs at second base. Hoerner, 23, has played in 68 MLB games since coming up from Double-A in late 2019 to fill in with so many injuries on the roster. Last year he made the roster and played in 48 games. He hit .222/.312/.259 with a 63 wRC+ and 13 RBI.
At just 23 he has shown flashes of promise, but it can be argued that he might need some more seasoning before being a full-time big leaguer. He was not going to get any time in Double-A or Triple-A last year with no minor league season. His spring this year could determine his roster status on opening day for 2021. Regardless it could be wise to invest in some veteran options at second base to solidify, or at least have some reliable depth at the position.
There are a handful of second baseman available on the market. Most talked about include the likes of Kolton Wong, Jurickson Profar, Cesar Hernandez and of course DJ LeMahieu. While those are the top options, there are some cheaper ones that could potentially fit nicely on the Cubs in 2021. The guys listed above are likely out of their price range this year. Here are some other veteran second baseman options on the market.