If the Chicago Cubs don’t fix the outfield in free agency, they’re doomed

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Chicago Cubs: 5 Outfielders to Target in Free Agency – #2: Eddie Rosario

Moving on to number two on this list, we find Eddie Rosario. After signing a one-year deal with Cleveland for the 2021 season, Rosario was traded to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline as a rental. Currently slashing .254/.296/.389, he has regressed slightly this season. For his career, he is a .275/.308/.470 hitter with 126 HR and 434 RBI.

During his career at Wrigley – he’s appeared in just eight games that included 32 ABs, but Rosario carries a .313/.371/.531 line. It’s a small sample size but he has proven enough he enjoys hitting there. Rosario has finished top 20 in AL MVP voting twice, having his best year in 2019 launching 32 long balls and driving in 109. Adding a bat like Rosario’s would be a nice boost in production assuming he gets back to his former self. He is currently on the IL with an abdominal injury.

Still only 29 years old, it would be nice to see the Cubs look to patch up the outfield with another lefty bat in the lineup. Rosario is a guy who can provide a spark pretty much anywhere you put him in the order. He has been an above-average hitter for the entire duration of his seven-year career with Minnesota, Cleveland and, now, Atlanta.