The Chicago Cubs have zero reason to not add at least one high-profile piece this winter in free agency. But at the end of the day, that might not matter. Jed Hoyer and Tom Ricketts might take a more cautious approach as they attempt to build the next winner on the North Side, whether we like it or not.
We’ve talked a lot about moves like adding Carlos Correa to take over at shortstop or bringing back Nick Castellanos to anchor the offense. Again, those things might happen. But if Chicago decides to take things slow and steady, that doesn’t mean they can’t dramatically improve the team at the same time.
Chicago Cubs: Josh Harrison has experienced a resurgence in the last two years
Following an absolutely brutal showing in 2019, more than a few folks thought Josh Harrison’s days in the league were numbered. Guys his age just weren’t getting legitimate opportunities, with organizations opting for younger, more cost-effective options instead. But since the beginning of 2020, the veteran has shown he’s got plenty left in the tank.
All he’s done during that stretch, a span of 134 games, is hit .287/.361/.425 – good for offensive production 20 percent better than league average. He’s done so while seeing time all over the infield and even some reps in the outfield, as well, spending time with the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics.
Harrison would be a nice get for Chicago on multiple fronts. The club lacks a number of veteran leaders and he’s long been known as a big clubhouse guy. Add in his versatility and age, which should keep his price tag in a more palatable range, and it’s easy to see how the Cubs could be a perfect match.