New manager, same result for this Chicago Cubs fan favorite

New year, same destination for this folk hero.

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With Craig Counsell serving as a fresh set of eyes on not only the players who were on the Major League roster last season but also the veterans who spent the season at Triple-A, there was a belief that David Bote may find new life within the organization.

The Cubs outrighted Bote off the 40-man roster at the end of the 2022 season and despite the team having a need at third base for most of the 2023 season, the veteran utility infielder was never a part consideration for a return to the Major League roster.

Bote was among the non-roster invites for the Cubs at Spring Training in 2024 and impressed to the tune of 5 home runs and 114 wRC+ through 48 plate appearances.

Bote's power display during Spring Training left many Cubs fans wondering if this would be the season that he finally receives another chance at the Major League level. The Cubs answered that question on Thursday as Bote was assigned to minor-league camp.

David Bote appears to be an afterthought in the Chicago Cubs' organization.

With the Cubs planning on giving Christopher Morel an extended run at third base this season and the 40-man roster already including players capable of playing third base in Nick Madrigal, Patrick Wisdom, and Miles Mastrobuoni, there likely is not a scenario where Bote receives a promotion to the Major League level with the team.

With the Cubs holding a club option after this season, it's likely that Bote is entering his final season in the Cubs' organization. In each of the past two Spring Trainings, Bote has flashed the potential to be an ideal bat off the bench whole being able to play multiple positions. That is not a need that the Cubs have but could be what leads to him finding a return to the Major Leagues with another team after this season.

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