According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have held internal discussions about bringing in a veteran leader (subscription required/recommended) to serve in somewhat of a David Ross/Jon Jay capacity. Rosenthal’s sources say the Cubs have even reached out to other clubs regarding the possibility, specifically naming Baltimore’s Adam Jones and Toronto’s Curtis Granderson.
While that differs quite a bit from what we’ve been hearing all along, anecdotal evidence lends credence to the idea. Consider that the two most prominent names mentioned thus far in trade rumors involving the Cubs are Manny Machado and JA Happ, who play for the Orioles and Jays, respectively. It’s not at all unreasonable to believe the Cubs could have kicked the tires on either or both outfielders while also discussing their teammates.
Then you look at the offseason addition of Chris Gimenez, which didn’t work out quite the way the Cubs had hoped. Though they’ve got strong veteran leadership in guys like Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, and Anthony Rizzo, it wouldn’t hurt to add a player on the back side of his career to serve as a mentor and bench bat.
That’s why the note from Jon Heyman indicating that the …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider