Chicago Cubs: More veteran free agent options at second

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Cubs could buy low on someone like Brock Holt

Some fans were a bit surprised when former Red Sox All-Star infielder Brock Holt signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Brewers last offseason. He was eventually released and then signed with the Nationals in late August. Coming off that tough season, it is likely that he will come cheap and still potentially provide some value based on his overall resume.

Why is he a fit?

In addition to potentially coming cheap, his resume boasts that of a decent hitter. He is a career .268/.337/.369 hitter in 675 games. Not a power hitter, but good average and above average on-base percentage. Holt is a career 19.1 percent strikeout rate hitter, so he is not going to fan more than an average/slightly above average hitter.

He is traditionally a utility man who can play multiple positions and will not need to be a guy who starts 140+ games. Being a veteran bench/platoon/utility guy is likely going to be the role he plays in 2021.

It is worth noting that after getting canned by the Brewers last season, he hit .262/.314/.354 with the Nationals in 70 plate appearances.