It is no secret that players that are on coach Joe Maddon‘s teams enjoy their time with the skipper. Zobrist had the pleasure of playing for Maddon while both were in Tampa Bay and it seems like a reunion could be in the works in Chicago. Zobrist has the ability to play multiple positions. The Cubs are currently stacked at the middle infield position, but things could change.
The likelihood of the Cubs dealing Javier Baez or Starlin Castro seems very high. Each have been constantly rumored in deals with numerous teams. If one or both were dealt, the club would have a need for a second baseman. Zobrist could also fill in for the Cubs in the outfield or even shortstop if needed. His veteran presence is what the team would covet the most.
The 34-year-old has many suitors this offseason. The Mets, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals and Washington Nationals have all been linked to Zobrist so far. Since he has the ability to play multiple positions defensively, he fits the need for just about any Major League team. Zobrist made $7.5 million last year and will surely get a nice raise this winter. Will the Cubs be one of his biggest suitors? Only time will tell. If the Cubs deal Baez and/or Castro, don’t be shocked to see them go after Zobrist.