Ranking Cubs free agents based on likelihood of re-signing: #2 - Yan Gomes
Willson, who? Veteran backstop Yan Gomes has done it all this year, taking rookie catcher Miguel Amaya under his wing after the team designated Tucker Barnhart for assignment this summer and producing at the plate, especially in clutch spots.
With two outs and runners in scoring position, Gomes is batting north of .300. Late and close situations? Same story. He's not going to put up the same level of offensive numbers someone like Willson Contreras did, but he's far better defensively and brings a quite poise to each and every big moment.
The Cubs will, no doubt, pick up the team option on his deal and bring Gomes back for one more go-round, despite his turning 37 next July. He's done everything the team hoped for when they signed him, and then some - and he'll have a chance to keep mentoring Amaya and molding a young staff that should be loaded with intrigue next season.