Chicago Cubs Rumors: Ranking the top 10 remaining FA position players

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Ranking the remaining top 10 - 8. Michael Brantley

Fresh off another World Series run, though he spent most of the season injured, Michael Brantley has entered free agency. One of the purest hitters on the market, the fine-time All-Star carries an impressive .298/.356/.439 career slash line. Now 35 years old, Brantley isn't expected to sign an extremely lucrative or long-term deal. We know the Cubs have Cody Bellinger, Ian Happ, and Seiya Suzuki, but you also can't assume all three will play 162 games a year either.

Adding Brantley on a two-year deal could give the Cubs extra depth in the outfield, as well as adding production offensively to the everyday lineup. I'm keeping an eye on these types of outfielders, with no recent news of the Cubs closing in on another corner infielder. We know they've been connected to first basemen, but if they look to just platoon Wisdom at first with Mervis and keep Morel at third base, then the need for an extra outfielder begins to make more sense. Brantley's bat-to-ball skills are exceptional and could be a critical veteran presence for the cubs moving forward.

Trey Mancini
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