We are about a month away from the 2017 MLB trade deadline and the Chicago Cubs have struggled on offense this year.
The Cubs rank 8th in the National League in total offense with a .238 average.
The defending champs rank 16th in total offense if you include the American League. They’re not the worst hitting team in the world, but the Cubs have a ton of concerns heading into July.
With Ben Zobrist batting .223, Addison Russell batting .230, Kyle Schwarber being demoted and Jason Heyward being placed on the disabled list, the Cubbies haven’t been able to find their groove at the plate in 2017. However, Oakland Athletics’ outfielder Khris Davis would be a huge help and wouldn’t cost much.
Davis is hitting .256 with 21 homers, which is more than Jon Jay, Albert Almora, Jr., Javier Baez, and Tommy La Stella combined.
The A’s slugger also has 54 RBI, which is more than any player on the Cubs’ roster.
Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant need more help than what they’re getting. Rookie Ian Happ has done a good job since being called up, but the Cubs are going to need more production if they want to repeat as World Series Champs.
The North Siders wouldn’t have to spend much on Davis, who is only getting paid $5 million this season and won’t become a free agent until 2020. He is up for arbitration in 2018 and 2019, but the Cubs have proven that they don’t mind spending money in order to win and he’s only 29 years of age, so he can be apart of this team for many years to come.
The A’s are a team that has been in a youth movement for a while now, and therefore aren’t worried about getting rid of veteran players. Stephen Vogt, even though he was hitting below .200, was placed on waivers and claimed by Milwaukee and Trevor Plouffe was dealt to Tampa Bay for cash.
Khris Davis will fit in well with the Chicago Cubs. He is familiar with the different stadiums in the NL Central, since he played with the Brewers from 2013-2015.
He’s also a pretty good defender. Davis has committed only 15 errors in five MLB seasons.
I’m not saying Davis is going to cure the hitting woes of the Chicago Cubs all by himself, but he can jumpstart them in the right direction. There are many inconsistencies going against them right now; they can’t rely on every player to come back from whatever struggles they are dealing with and therefore they need to be aggressive.