Cubs could complete Evan Longoria’s quest of a championship.
It seems like not that long ago rookie Evan Longoria was helping lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their first World Series appearance in 2008. 16 years later, he helped a young Arizona Diamondbacks squad reach the final round, looking to ride off into the sunset with a trophy in hand. It did not work out that way, but he also did not deny retiring or coming back.
Longoria seems to understand he is not the everyday player he was in the past when he was at the top of his game. But he understands his veteran leadership and at-bats in key situations could boost a team from on the fringe to in the hunt, as we saw last year in the desert. So if a championship is what he is seeking, why not come to Chicago for it?
As currently constructed, the Cubs have Christopher Morel, Nick Madrigal, and Patrick Wisdom as their represented depth at the hot corner. Morel has been dangled out there as trade bait to potentially land a star like Alonso or outfielder Juan Soto. Wisdom is confirmed coming back, but we saw just how cold his bat can get and his defense is not quite all star caliber. And we have yet to see Madrigal get serious playing time with the Cubs, but what we have seen isn’t giving much positive vibes. Why not sign Longoria to mentor the young players and teach this team how to be winners?