Amid the increase in MLB hot stove activity over the last 48 hours, the Cubs have reportedly checked in with free-agent infielder Kolten Wong. He’s also drawing interest from several other teams, per Jon Morosi.
Wong’s former club along with the Tigers, Mariners, Rays, and Phillies are all checking in on the back-to-back Gold Glove winner just like the Cubs are. The former Cardinal would supply excellent defense along with a solid bat for any team at second base.
Last season, Wong sported a .265/.350/.326 slash line, consistent with his .261/.333/.384 career slash line. In 53 games last season, Wong also drove in 16 runs to go along with a lone home run in 2020. Over the course of his career, the 5-foot-7-inch Gold Glove winner has hit 53 home runs to accompany 281 career RBIs.
Wong would be an excellent addition for a Cubs team that will still likely be competitive in 2021. Despite the losses of Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, Tyler Chatwood, Jose Quintana, Kyle Schwarber, and Albert Almora, the team still possesses talent such as Willson Contreras, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs should still be in the NL Central champion conversation, albeit with a lack of roster improvement.
Wong would also bring another sensational glove to an already loaded Cubs’ team defense. The Cubs saw seven players receive Gold Glove nominations last season, with Rizzo and Baez receiving the honors. Adding Wong to the aforementioned duo along with Contreras, Heyward, and other strong gloves means another great defensive team. This is especially useful given a pitching staff loaded with groundball-inducing pitchers.
Nothing is certain yet, but adding Wong would fill a gaping hole in the Cubs’ lineup for the 2021 season.