Chicago Cubs: Looking at potential 2016 center field options

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Jun 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span (2) catches a fly ball during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Denard Span

Much like it was for the Washington Nationals team as a whole, the 2015 season has been a disappointment for the speedy Nats center fielder.

That being said, this is my choice to replace Fowler if he does indeed go elsewhere this offseason. Why would I want a guy who appeared in just 61 games? Easy. Because he’s an asset in every regard.

He’s missed the majority of the season, but when he’s been in the lineup for Matt Williams, he’s produced, batting .301/.365/.431 with 17 doubles and 11 steals. He was so good last year that he received MVP votes, thanks largely to an astounding 184 base hits and 31 steals.

Span is exactly what the Cubs need at the top of the order ahead of the big boppers – a guy that can get on-base consistently and wreak havoc with his legs as much as his bat. Defensively, there’s work to be done, but his work at the dish is enough to make up for those shortcomings.

The veteran will likely be the highest-paid free agent center fielder this winter. And don’t be surprised if it’s the Chicago Cubs who go out and pay him.

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