3 guys the Cubs could be using at third base instead of Miles Mastrobuoni

The Chicago Cubs have at-bats to give out at third base right now, but they are giving them to Miles Mastrobuoni instead of the plethora of other candidates in Iowa.
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With the injuries to Nick Madrigal and Dansby Swanson and the general lack of offensive production from Patrick Wisdom, the Chicago Cubs have been frustratingly giving starts to Miles Mastrobuoni at third base despite other options. If the team is willing to give those starts away from Wisdom, that would suggest they are looking for offense because he can play the position just fine. That begs the question, why the heck are they looking to Miles Mastrobuoni?

According to Fangraphs, Mastrobuoni has the third-lowest WAR on the team this year at -0.4 as well as a wRC+ of 37. Those are unbelievably bad numbers and yet Mastrobuoni was in David Ross's starting lineup in two of the three games against the Boston Red Sox this past weekend. In circumstances like this with the team hit with injuries, there are other guys to give looks at third base that could give you value, and here are three of them.

1. David Bote

The long-lost utility man for the Chicago Cubs has quietly put together a respectable year in Triple-A with a .263/.365/.457 slash line with 9 home runs and 44 RBIs. For a guy who can play serviceable defense all over the infield and who's already played at the major league level, that is not horrible. What's bizarre is the fact that Bote is under contract and being paid $4 million this year despite sitting in the minor leagues while Miles Mastrobuoni is starting at third base.

According to The Cub Reporter's Arizona Phil, Bote's contract is precisely the reason that he hasn't seen a major league game this year. If Bote reaches five years of service time, which he would get after 89 more days, the Cubs would be unable to outright him off of the 40-man roster like they did last offseason. Now that we are more than halfway into the season, Bote can come up to the big league squad without reaching those 89 days. Although this hypothetical service time manipulation is reprehensible, it explains why we haven't seen Bote yet this year.

Why not give Bote another shot? You're already paying him much more than anybody else in Triple-A and he's a familiar face that provides a bit of thump.