Chicago Cubs: 5 batters to target in free agency – #4: Eddie Rosario
Number four on this list brings us to Eddie Rosario. The Cleveland Indians outfielder is currently in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career, slashing .254/.296/.389 with just seven home runs and 46 runs batted in. With Rosario reaching free agency this winter, him having a down season could bode well for the Chicago Cubs from a cost standpoint.
Rosario, in his seven-year career, is slashing .275/.308/.470, mostly spent with the Minnesota Twins before joining Cleveland this year. He has been an above-average hitter especially in terms of driving in runs, with a 162-game average of 91. He saw his most successful season in 2019, with a line of .276/.300/.500 with 32 home runs and 109 driven in, mirroring Anthony Rizzo from 2016 and 2017.
In 2020, though in a shortened season, Rosario knocked in 42 RBI in 57 games played, putting him well above his average to have seen his most successful season to-date. Though he struggled early on in 2021, he has recently found his groove, batting .283 in the months of June and into early July before he landed on the 10-day IL with an abdominal strain where he is still a few weeks away at this point.
Looking at the production for his career, it appears obvious that his bat could be a nice addition for Chicago.