Chicago Cubs lineup has been good, but Mitch Haniger could make it even better.
While the most obvious power-hitting option in the outfield is certainly Joey Gallo, the price to acquire him is likely a bit above what the Cubs are willing to give up. Mitch Haniger, on the other hand, could be someone that intrigues the team. Haniger is still likely to cost a pretty penny to acquire, but given the state of the team’s current lineup, he could provide some much-needed power to the mix.
Haniger is currently slashing .259/.308/.506 with an OPS of .814. He doesn’t get on base a whole ton, but the power he could bring to the lineup would be a very welcome addition considering the season Heyward has had. The only issue is that Heyward would likely never start, and would essentially be a very highly paid defensive replacement, but that shouldn’t stop them from going out and getting Haniger.
The Cubs’ priorities in the trade market should be on the rotation, but that shouldn’t stop them from making improvements on the rest of the roster. This could be the last real shot the team has at competing for a title, and they should go all-in on this group. The foundation is in place for them to be real contenders, now the front office has to get the right pieces in place to make a run.