The Chicago Cubs have not had much to celebrate during the 2021 Major League Baseball season, but they should have a player that receives a major award at the end of the year. Patrick Wisdom should win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, and he is starting to make it feel like a unanimous decision.
All Wisdom has done this weekend is hit four home runs against the Chicago White Sox, two massive blasts in each game. This is now the fourth multi-homer game for Wisdom in his career, and all of them have come this season.
The former St. Louis Cardinals prospect has found a home on the Northside of Chicago, and he has been the lone bright spot this season. Wisdom is just one home run away from breaking the Cubs rookie record for home runs, and he hasn’t even played half the season!
Sure, Wisdom is not one of the best defensive players in baseball, and his .260 batting average could still use some work. None of those things matter though as Wisdom just continues to cement himself as one of the best power-hitters in the game of baseball.
Jonathan India of the Cincinnati Reds is probably the only player in the National League that has a case against winning it over Wisdom, but he is protected by some serious talent in that lineup. Wisdom just continues to hit bombs for the Cubs even though he is hitting around players that have less than one month of experience.
Here to Stay?
The Cubs obviously have some glaring holes on this roster moving forward, and they are going to have to find players to fill those holes at some point. These last two months have been an audition for several “young” players, but Wisdom has been on display for a longer period of time.
The reason that the core was traded at the Trade Deadline was that the team was unable to sign any of those players to a long-term contract extension at any point. Now the real question is if the Cubs should attempt to lock up Wisdom this offseason and pencil him in at third base for the next few seasons.
In case you have forgotten, David Bote signed a long term extension a few seasons ago and he is still under team control. Bote has not lived up to that extension at all, and is probably done for the remainder of the season.
Jed Hoyer and company have to determine if this season from Wisdom is a fluke or if he can become a top player in baseball for years to come. He certainly has shown that he has the power to stick around, but there are other factors in play.
If I was in charge, I would offer Wisdom a three-year deal and hope that he wants to be around when this team starts to turn the corner again. Winning Rookie of the Year will cost the Cubs more money, but it’s a deal that has to be made.
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