The fact that the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rebuilding mode doesn’t mean that the team isn’t making any moves this offseason.
The Cubs have already inked deals for George Kottaras and Wesley Wright. While the team didn’t make any significant move in the recent Winter Meetings this week — the only major move was the trade with the Miami Marlins for Justin Ruggiano — the Front Office repeated their intentions to only sign players who are clearly good fits.
It seems like the moment arrived today as the organization announced the arrival of four players: Liam Hendriks, Ryan Roberts, Ryan Kalish and John Baker. While Baker and Hendriks don’t appear to impact the MLB roster any time soon, Kalish and Roberts could easily land a spot in the 25-man-roster on Opening Day.
Kalish is a former prospect from the Boston Red Sox organization that can play all three outfield positions and has raw power although that hasn’t been translated to actual HR totals so far. He’s also a good base runner and his overall skill set is well suited for a bench spot as he can provide speed, defense and power when given the chance.
Ryan Roberts, on the other hand, is an utility infielder that can play 2B, 3B and an occasional CF. He has hit fairly well against southpaws in his career (.261/.341/.444) and he could even challenge Darwin Barney for an infield spot if he can hit like he did in 2011 (19 HRs and 18 SB)
These four signings aren’t marquee moves by any means but seem to be solid stop gaps with the potential to become something else down the road. If anything, it shows that this office is definitively doing things the right way as they are trying to build a roster with players that can adapt to their philosophy.