The Cubs made a move Wednesday morning with the Royals to acquire elite base-stealer OF Terrance Gore for cash considerations, adding a potential speed threat for the postseason.
Cubs acquire Terrance Gore from KC for cash considerations. pic.twitter.com/PQNvTLTlB1— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) August 15, 2018
The 27-year-old Gore wasn't on the Royals 40-man roster and will report to Triple-A Iowa, but could end up carving a role with the Cubs once the rosters expand in September. Gore is a four-year veteran who has yet to register a hit but has managed to swipe 21 out of 25 potential stolen bases during his four years in Kansas City.
Most career stolen bases without a hit, MLB history— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 15, 2018
31 Herb Washington
21 Terrance Gore
4 Mel Stocker
3 Darrell Woodard#Cubs
Our own Tony Andracki compared the Gore deal to the Red Sox acquiring Dave Roberts, who played a similar role for Boston on their 2004 Championship team. For what it's worth, Gore has played in 8 total postseason games, stealing 4 bases and only being caught once.
Cubs have their 2018 version of Dave Roberts.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) August 15, 2018
Dealt for Terrance Gore today who is 0-for-11 in his MLB career but does have 21 stolen bases in 25 tries in one of the weirdest careers in recent memory.
And the trade for Gore has the Cubs receiving plenty of nods in approval from the baseball community, including The Athletics' Jim Bowden.
#Cubs under the radar acquisition of Terrance Gore from #Royals I predict will help them win a significant pennant race game or 2 bc of his blazing speed, ability to steal a base, and score from first in a tie game. Theo and Jed the best at these minor tweaks. #PinchRunners— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) August 15, 2018
Gore will have to show he can provide more than just speed on the basepaths to be added to the postseason roster, but with the Cubs ranking in the bottom portion of team stolen bases, adding Gore does provide game-changing speed - a valuable asset late in a playoff game.