What Zach McKinstry brings to Cubs after trade from Dodgers

Managers David Ross and Dave Roberts spoke Saturday morning after Cubs and Dodgers got together to strike a pre-trading deal.

The Cubs sent curmudgeonly Chris Martin to Los Angeles, who in return sent Zack McKintry.

At Martin, Los Angeles is getting a veteran arm with championship experience after winning the 2021 World Championship with Atlanta.

But what do the cubs get at McKinstry?

“It’s another flexible piece,” Ross said.

One thing that immediately stands out about McKinstry is its versatility. He can play left and right, second and third base, and short player.

At Round 33 of 2016, McKinstry—who debuted in 2020—made a hot start last season before Slant Dynasty put him on the injured list. Prior to that, he hit .296/.328/.556 in 17 games in April.

He finished 2021 with a slash of 0.215 / .263 / .405 in 60 games and has only received 14 in 10 games with the Dodgers this season.

He made a solid 2022 in Triple-A, hitting .335/.417/.487 in 48 games.

With Cubs, McKinstry has a chance at more frequent playtime. They can spread it all over the diamond and use it in specific matches as a left-handed bat, as opposed to David Bote’s role as the right-handed bat.

The only leftists on the list of active Cubs are Alfonso Rivas, Rafael Ortega, and Ian Hap – the subject of trade rumors to be dealt with in the coming days.

“We are short on left-handed, especially when sitting on the bench,” Ross said. “There are some matches where we haven’t been able to increase the opposing bowler’s divisions.

“[McKinstry will] Give us another multi-faceted player who has a set of skills in many different locations.”

McKinstry is not eligible to referee until 2025 and is under club control until 2027. As the Cubs look to build their next rival team, he has a chance of securing a stable role as a versatile depth option.

“Given its numbers and how it’s been used in the past,” Ross said.[he has a] Baseball IQ high from all I’ve heard, very versatile.

“We’ll see. Give him a chance to come here and get some hits and we’ll see how you play.”

Contributing from San Francisco: Gordon Witttenmeyer

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