On June 1st the Chicago Cubs picked up Free Agent Carlos Gonzalez. Carlos Gonzalez, a 33-year-old outfielder, was playing over in Cleveland before the Cubs picked him up. So far this season he has played in 30 games with the Indians. Gonzalez had 105 at bats, 22 hits, 7 RBI, and a .210 batting average while in Cleveland.
He’s played in one full game so far with the Cubs on June 3rd, where he had 3 at bats, 1 hit, and 1 walk. His numbers at the plate are of little importance when it comes to what he can do on the field. Gonzalez snagged this ball in right field on the 3rd.
The Cubs have always had a cast of characters they can throw in the outfield. With the absence of Ben Zobrist and with some of the inconsistencies the outfield deals with, having an older experienced vet there would be a big help.
It’s clear that his number aren’t as high as they once were but Gonzalez isn’t too worried about it. He told the Chicago Tribune:
“I feel strong; physically, I feel good. The past two years the numbers have not been the same as everybody was used to — the .300-plus (average), the 30-plus (home runs). That just shows baseball is a lot of ups and downs. But I’m positive there is a lot of baseball ahead of me. That’s where I want to be. I want to be able to help a club win ballgames, and this is a good opportunity for me.” (x)
Gonzalez has been through the ringer and his talent and experience can be a big help to the Cubs moving forward. His batting isn’t as stellar as it once was but a change of pace with the Chicago Cubs can change things up. The team averages around age 28, so having another older guy isn’t a bad thing. Gonzalez will be a backbone for this younger team to rely on in the long stretches of this season.
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