2. Cubs might want to pat themselves on the back for picking up Franmil Reyes
Since joining the Cubs, Franmil Reyes looks like a man possessed. By exactly what nobody is certain. Is it Billy Williams? Ernie Banks? Another great Cubs player? Whatever it is, Reyes was an absolute steal by Chicago.
It was on August 8 when the Cubs claimed him off of waivers from the Cleveland Guardians. Nine games later, he’s hitting .368/.368/.711 with a pair of home runs and 6 RBI.
In fact, in 38 at-bats, he already has more hits (14) than Andrelton Simmons had in his 35 games with the Cubs (13). The Cubs may have unknowingly picked up a guy from the scrap heap that could have been a huge addition to a World Series hopeful. Instead, he’s an obvious DH candidate for them next year.
It is the designated hitter spot where Reyes has been used by the Cubs since joining them. Although capable of playing a corner outfield spot, the majority of his career has been spent as a DH.
Still only 27 and with a pair of 30+ home run seasons in his past, Cleveland might already have some regrets. Sure, he was batting only .213/.254/.350 for them and not showing off the same power he did in 2021. But a little more patience with him might have paid off as they attempt to win their division in the American League.