3 under-the-radar outfielders for the Chicago Cubs to consider
Is it time for Andrew McCutchen to come to the Chicago Cubs?
Sure this isn’t the Andrew McCutchen of old that had MVP potential, but there’s reason to believe that the former Pirate has something left in the tank. Andrew McCutchen is almost certain to sign just a one-year deal coming off a 107 wRC+ year which was the second-lowest of his career, so he’s not someone the Cubs will have to break the bank for.
McCutchen still has a great ability to get on base, as he walked in 12.8 percent of his plate appearances last year, and with a BABIP well below his career average and a .222 ISO, there’s reason to believe that there was a degree of unluckiness in McCutchen’s 2021 season.
Overall, there’s no long-term risk involved with McCutchen, and there’s a real chance to potentially strike gold with him. Also, admit it, you’d get a Cubs McCutchen jersey too.
Whether it be McCutchen, Pham, Dickerson, or someone else, the Cubs would be wise to pick up an extra bat for the outfield. While the Cubs still await the arrival of guys like Brennen Davis, or other blooming outfield prospects like Nelson Velasquez, and Owen Caissie, it’s smart to have a short-term solution in an effort to be competitive next season.