3 Chicago Cubs players that may interest Dodgers after Gavin Lux injury
3 Cubs the Dodgers may explore trading for post-Gavin Lux injury: #1 - David Bote
Seemingly forgotten in the infield crunch is David Bote, who still has this year and next (plus two option years) left on the contract extension he signed back in 2019. He hasn't lived up to that deal, at least not consistently and, now that he's off the 40-man, could wind up the odd man out in Chicago.
The infielder has gotten off to a hot start this spring, going 4-for-6 with a home run and 4 RBI early in Cactus League action. Perhaps how he's played early on will turn some heads around the league and the Chicago front office can capitalize.
Last season in 127 big league plate appearances, Bote batted .259/.315/.431 (109 OPS+) - but he's never really lived up to the lofty expectations that were heaped on him early in his career after multiple cases of late-inning heroics.
A change of scenery might be a win-win for everyone involved and the Cubs could turn the page on an extension that, while it never broke the bank, never panned out in the way Theo Epstein had hoped, either.