Chicago Cubs Should Focus On Center Field Trade Market to Address Needs

Chicago Cubs Should Focus On Center Field Trade Market to Address Needs

The market for center field free agents is thin.

Sure Cody Bellinger, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Nimmo are all viable options, but each comes with their own flaws.

2019 NL MVP Bellinger has an OPS of .611 over his last 900 plate appearances. His career might already be over at age-27. His pedigree will also command a larger price tag than he deserves.

Whoever pays Bellinger will be paying for past performance, not future success, and he probably won’t come cheap.

Kiermaier carries a similar issue with him. His best days are behind him. After posting a minimum of 10 DRS every year of his Major League career, his defense fell off dramatically in 2022 to just two defensive runs saved.

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