A one-time New York Yankees target is back on the market again.
Kyle Schwarber, part of the Chicago Cubs’ World Series-winning team in 2016, was non-tendered Wednesday. Nevertheless, there is a chance the Cubs could bring back the 27-year-old left fielder, according to NBC Chicago.
The Yankees in 2019 engaged in talks with the Cubs for the power-hitting left-handed hitter, who has been on the team’s radar since 2016.
Schwarber might not be a fit for the Yankees now as their left-field situation is crowded. Clint Frazier, 26, is very likely to be part of the Yankees’ outfield plan next season, but it remains to be seen if the team brings back 37-year-old veteran Brett Gardner on a short-term deal.
Mike Tauchman, 30, still could be in the mix but likely would have to battle for playing time after a rough 2020 season.
Schwarber is best known for his improbable comeback from a left knee injury to help lead the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years. Schwarber tore both the ACL and the LCL three games into the 2016 season and was given an eight-to-10-month recovery timetable, but he returned to the lineup in less than seven to play in the World Series in which he hit .412 (7-for-17) in five games.
Schwarber, who has belted 121 homers in his six-season career, would be a good fit for the short right-field porch in Yankee Stadium, but a future in The Bronx is far from certain.