Chicago Cubs: 3 free agents who would be a perfect fit – 2. Jorge Soler
Going back to the well here with Atlanta, we come to another pending free agent in former Chicago Cubs outfielder, Jorge Soler. Soler will not hit for average but he gives you that Kyle Schwarber-esque pop in his bat and fills the lineup with more power. At the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, you can never have too much power . As the Cubs transition to a more contact-based approach with the likes of Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal, there will need to be a balance and have that guy that can put it over the fence at the same time.
In the beginning of the 2021 season, Soler struggled mightily to hit for average and, in the midst of a contract year, was traded to Atlanta in attempt to the help the Braves make a second-half push. Like Rosario before him; Atlanta is battling the Dodgers in the NLCS, partly in thanks to Soler’s resurgence, batting .269/.358/.524 since joining the Braves – finishing with 27 home runs and 70 RBI on the year.
Should their be a universal DH in the National League next season, Soler would more than likely slide into that role but also has the ability to play in the outfield when needed. The slugger has already slashed a career .262/.341/.433 in Wrigley over the course of 425 plate appearances from when he was with Chicago. Soler can add the needed pop in the clean-up spot and is more than valuable, especially if he continues to shorten up and hit for average.