ESPN Staff Writer Bradford Doolittle released an article on June 14, where he examined all 30 teams and their needs for the upcoming Trade Deadline.
According to Doolittle, the Cubs are in need of both starting pitching and second base help. Everybody and their mother knows that the Cubs need to reinforce their starting rotation to help their dominant bullpen. Cubs starting pitchers are 10th worst in the MLB in BB/9 and 4th worst in HR/9, so yes, the Cubs need help in their starting rotation. Where Doolittle lost me was, according to him, the Cubs need help at second base.
The Cubs have been without Nico Hoerner since May 25, and David Bote since May 29. David Bote was the Cubs Opening Day second basemen, and provides depth at the position. Nico Hoerner, since being called up in April, has been outstanding, hitting .338 with an OPS of .837. His return to the lineup will be a boost that can’t be defined at this moment.
This doesn’t include the contributions that Sergio Alcantara has made since replacing Bote on the roster either. In 15 games this season, the 24-year-old has two doubles, three triples, and two home runs, along with a .273/.342/.697 slash line. He has been excellent while filling in for the injured Bote.
Doolittle identified Tigers’ Infielder Jonathon Schoop as a potential target for the Cubs, which I personally do not see as a good fit. He is a limited fielder due to his size, and would only add another right handed bat to a roster full of them. If anything, the Cubs could add a left-handed hitting infielder to replace Eric Sogard, who has been below replacement level but continues to start games due to a plethora of injuries to Cubs infielders.
All in all, I think this is a lazy take from a national writer, which is understandable because trying to keep tabs on all 30 MLB teams isn’t easy. However, he could have stopped at starting pitching as a Cubs need and I could have moved past it.