Feb 26, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Olt (9) readies in the field during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs' Mike Olt says vision issues are behind him

Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is hoping to win himself a spot on the Opening Day roster and the third base job. It’s a position that needs to be filled right away, or else they’ll be alternating both Donnie Murphy and Luis Valbuena at the position.

The team hasn’t had an every day third baseman on the roster since Aramis Ramirez dislocated his shoulder a couple of years ago and eventually left to the Milwaukee Brewers. That was a tough thing to see, but I’m pretty much over it by now.

The Cubs have prospect Kris Bryant almost ready to make his Major League debut, but they’re not rushing things just yet. If he’s able to get some more time with the Triple-A affiliate after Spring Training and work on a couple of things, they’re going to go that route.

I’ll be surprised if the Cubs decide to roll with the young buck Bryant to start off with 2014.

Now according to ESPNChicago, Mike Olt says that the vision issues that bothered him last year are now behind him. Olt only hit .201/.303/.381 across the line in 107 minor league games last season.

If he really wants that job like he says he does, he’s going to have to put on one heck of a show during Spring Training.

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  • Nathan Thompson

    If Olt is back to where he was last season when Texas wouldn’t consider parting with him, he could make the cut. What will be interesting is if he’s the player he was, shows well in the big leagues then we could have an interesting problem at 3rd base when Bryant is ready. Olt could potentially be a major trade chip and he could also be a dud. Looking forward to see what happens, hopefully he becomes a major trade chip.