Outfield – At some point next season, Addison Russell may very well fill an outfield spot with Chicago, similarly to the move made by Arismendy Alcantara upon his promotion this season. However, it seems a long-shot that Russell would break camp with the club.
A trade rumor involving the Cubs and the Atlanta Braves that would have sent Edwin Jackson south in exchange for B.J. Upton and another arm surfaced in Aug., but never materialized into anything substantive. However, it’s also been reported that the two sides could revisit talks this winter, which would bring Upton into the mix.
Aug 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler (68) hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Barring such a deal, Alcantara, Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan will likely man the three outfield spots for the Cubs next April. Soler, who has been red-hot since his recent promotion, will look to build on his experience in the season’s final month this year, while Alcantara and Coghlan will look to continue to improve on reaching base.
Coghlan is in the midst of a very strong campaign – perhaps his strongest since winning the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009 – batting .278/.347/.441 with 22 doubles, serving primarily as the Cubs leadoff man. Alcantara has brought much-needed speed to Ricky Renteria’s lineup and to the center field area on the ball diamond, although his offensive struggles are well-documented. He’s batting just .220/.279/.390 this season, and focusing on contact and reaching base will be a primary task for the upcoming offseason.