It’s time for the Cubs to make major roster moves to finish the season
Cubs: What will a lineup look like on a daily basis?
We have already seen a major change to the lineup as Patrick Wisdom has finally started taking more reps at first base. That move will allow Christoper Morel to get more looks over at third base and likely makes Schwindel even more expendable.
Rotating Wisdom and Mervis at first base to get a glimpse of what the lineup could look like next season would be a brilliant move by Ross. Both could also serve as the DH when they are not on the field.
I would also take a look at Willson Contreras as a first baseman to see if there is a path for him to make the roster that way next season.
With Ortega out of the outfield, Canario and Velazquez can battle for the center field job with the occasional fill-in for Ian Happ in left field as well. Both of the young guys have a much better chance of making an impact in 2023 than Rafael Ortega so this should be an easy decision to make.
I would expect a platoon at second base between Zach McKinstry and Nick Madrigal. Both guys need to prove something in the final 50 games or they could be on the outside looking in next spring.
A starting rotation of Stroman, Thompson, Steele, Kilian and Wesneski with Adrian Sampson moving to the bullpen would be ideal. However, Kyle Hendricks will likely return at some point and force a change in the rotation.