Chicago Cubs: A look at five likely free agent additions
Jun 10, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Washington Nationals center fielderDenard Span
(2) hits the game-winning RBI single against the New York Yankees during the eleventh inning at Yankee Stadium. The Nationals defeated the Yankees 5-4 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Due to Dexter Fowler‘s expected huge pay raise, the Cubs will more likely than not need a center fielder to replace him. By signing Denard Span, the Cubs will improve in two ways. First Fowler is not horrible defensively, but Span is generally regarded as a good defender.
In fact, he was named a finalist for the Gold Glove in 2014 when he fielded .990 with seven assists, three double players, and four errors.
Secondly, Span is a great contact hitter with a career .287 hitter and is not known for power. During this year’s postseason, the Cubs scored 23 out of their total 32 runs via the long ball. Clearly, they need more hitters who generate offense without taking pitcher’s deep. Span would be a nice option leading off for the Cubs brought aboard.