What McKinstry Brings to the Cubs After Trade from the Dodgers Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Managers David Ross and Dave Roberts talk Saturday morning after the Cubs and Dodgers came together for a pre-trade deadline deal.
The Cubs sent reliever Chris Martin to Los Angeles, who in turn sent Zach McKinstry.
In Martin, Los Angeles is getting a veteran with championship experience after winning the 2021 World Series with Atlanta.
But what are the Cubs getting at McKinstry?
“It’s a more flexible piece,” Ross said.
One thing that immediately stands out about McInstreet is his versatility. He can play left and right field, second and third base, and shortstop.
A 33rd-round pick in 2016, McInstree – who debuted in 2020 – got off to a hot start last season before a right oblique strain landed him on the injured list. Earlier, he had hit .296/.328/.556 in 17 matches in April.
He finished 2021 with a 215/.263/.405 slash line in 60 games and only got 14 plate appearances in 10 games with the Dodgers this season.
He had a strong 2022 score in Triple-A, batting .335/.417/.487 in 48 games.
With the Cubs, McKinstry has the opportunity to play more often. They can position him around the diamond and use him as a lefty bat in typical matchups, not unlike David Botte’s role as a right-handed bat.
The only lefties on the Cubs active roster are Alfonso Rivas and Rafael Ortega, and switch-hitter Ian Happ – a subject of trade rumors that may be dealt with in the coming days.
“We are little left-handers, especially off the bench,” Ross said. “There are some matchups where we haven’t been able to maximize the opposing pitcher’s division.
,[McKinstry will] Give us another multi-faceted player who has skills in many different places. ,
McKinstry is not eligible for arbitration until 2025 and is in control of the club until 2027. When the Cubs try to build their next competitive team, they have the opportunity to play a consistent role as a versatile depth substitute.
“Looking at his numbers and how he’s been used in the past,” Ross said, “[he has a] From everything I’ve heard, high baseball IQ, versatile.
“We’ll see. Give him a chance to come here and get some bats and we’ll see how it plays out.
Contribution from San Francisco: Gordon Wittenmaier
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