Cubswin11 wrote:I hate all these names other than Goodrum. The FA options are all better. That’s a sucky list of sucks otherwise. Nico will be around for late inning defense if needed at 2B. We just ran Kipnis out there a decent amount. Other than TLS I’m not worried about defense at 2B of the FA options mentioned. The offense and profile of the FAs are all so much better and safer than the trade options.
- Hoerner should open the year in the minors if not traded, or if starting should be starting over any of these FAs
- Kipnis coming in his time with the Cubs was a better 2B defender than Profar, La Stella obvy, and both Hernandezs. Was about +6 by UZR in his last ~2700 innings there when signed, none of those guys are + defenders. Yes, Kipnis came down - but if the + old guy came down then what's going to happen to the - old guy (I include Profar here with his multiple knee surgeries - just did that with Souza - and other injuries)
- I'd say of those already older and more expensive FA options the only ones who are really really good bets to be league average or better hitters in 2021 are La Stella and Profar (missed him because barely)
The Cubs should be looking for their Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, Keke Hernandez, Jacob Turner and this offseason will offer that kind of opportunity. Tunnel vision for some retreads who aren't any better than the previous retread FA they'd ideally like to upgrade from (Kipnis) before he was signed just isn't the best option with *so many* players likely to be available. I'm honestly not even sure it's riskier