CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Rosenthal:Wanted (maybe): another David Ross
The Chicago Cubs have held internal discussions about acquiring a veteran leader such as the Orioles’ Adam Jones or Toronto Blue Jays’ Curtis Granderson and also reached out to other clubs about the possibility, sources tell me and The Athletic’s Jayson Stark.
For several reasons, the idea is unlikely to come to fruition before July 31, if at all.
Cubs officials are unsure whether bringing in such a veteran at mid-season would create enough of an impact. The team also has carried 13 pitchers for much of the season, leaving little room for another position player. Tommy La Stella, the Cubs’ only true bench player, leads the majors with 52 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, and is batting .304 with a .742 OPS in that role.
Thus, the only way for the Cubs to squeeze in a Jones or Granderson would be to trade one of their young outfielders — Albert Almora Jr, Kyle Schwarber or Ian Happ. Such a move would make sense only if it brought the Cubs a top starting pitcher with multiple years of club control. And even then, the Cubs might resist.
A trade for a Jones-Granderson type might be more suitable on Aug. 31, the deadline for teams to set their postseason rosters. The fit would be easier then, with regular-season rosters expanding from 25 to 40 the next day.
Doesn’t make sense from a roster standpoint. Wouldn’t be shocked if Adam Jones didn’t make sense from a luxury tax standpoint too.
It was bad enough when these jabronis invented the term super utility player, and got away with it. But now we're making judgments on whether or not a player is a "true bench player"? F this.