On right now’s ESPN 1000, Jesse Rogers chatted with Waddle and Silvy about varied Chicago Cubs gadgets from the GM Conferences, a lot of which we have already talked about. However one factor he talked about that I feel is price noting is how broadly the Cubs appear to be casting their web this week as they start the offseason.
Rogers stated the Cubs had been having every kind of conferences with free agent representatives, together with first basemen Josh Bell (coming in) and Trey Mancini (already occurred), and beginning pitcher Martin Perez (already occurred). . Attempt to not get too hung up on the precise names – Rogers gave the impression to be making essentially the most common level – however these are the precise names he talked about, so I assumed you would possibly prefer to know.
May as nicely talk about them no less than just a little.
We talked just a little bit about Bell earlier than as an adjustment for the Cubs, and with the opening at first base, it solely is sensible for the Cubs to maintain a watch out. Whereas it looks as if José Abreu is his preliminary desire on the spot, Bell would possibly make sense for a similar causes: he gives a giant follow some drive (though not a ton), he would not assault, he is a switch-hitter (that may DH) so he will not “block” Matt Mervis, and he won’t command a really long-term deal. Bell stank throughout the pandemic season, however then again, he is raked within the final three full seasons. He’s additionally 5 years youthful than Abreu.
Mancini is 30 years outdated like Bell, however he is been extra of a barely above-average bat for the previous couple of years, with out a lot energy. He grossed in 2019 however then battled colon most cancers in 2020. The truth that he got here again in 2021 and 2022 is spectacular. Without any consideration-handed hitter, you would possibly consider Mancini as a pure pair with Mervis, however Mancini is actually impartial in his profession. He is not a man you’d essentially consider in a platoon, and he isn’t essentially a definitive starter both (until you would assist him regain 2019’s energy). Mancini comes with the bonus capability to play a area nook in a pinch, although.
Perez, 31, has performed within the massive leagues for 11 seasons. He emerged in his 20s as one thing of a “low ceiling however succesful floor,” and he is largely been that all through his profession. After which he was a stud for the Rangers in 2022: 2.89 ERA over 196.1 innings, 3.27 FIP, 4.3% barrel charge. He additionally had a excessive profession strikeout charge, although it was solely 20.6%. Strikeouts had been by no means his factor. I am undecided how a lot you should purchase with the outcomes change in 2022, however he is aggressively modified his area combine with the Rangers, so there could possibly be one thing right here. Fascinating attempting to do the mathematics on what sort of contract a man like him can get.