Coming off an injury-plagued year, Jon Jay is a big question mark. Career stats show that he produces. Good average, high on-base. In seasons which he played 115+ games, he hits close to .300, with about 20 doubles, and 60 runs scored. However, he has not played more than 90 games since 2014.
This season is a year-long audition for Jay. On a one-year contract, he is looking to prove he can hit and play a little defense. The problem is that Albert Almora is emerging as the everyday center fielder for the Chicago Cubs. That pushes Jay to ride the pine. And, of course, the team already has plenty of outfield depth.
Should Almora continue to shine as he is this Spring, Jay’s audition for teams may end at the trade deadline. An inexpensive expiring contract will be appealing to many teams. Especially if someone needs a DH.