Chicago Cubs: Jon Jay needs to be re-signed this winter
Too valuable to let go
While Jon Jay may not be the biggest power-hitting outfielder in the game, he provides the Cubs with something they are lacking. Over the course of his career, Jay has proven that he can get on base at a high frequency. That is an important first step for a lead-off hitter and something Dexter Fowler was able to do well in 2016.
Because Jay provides the Cubs with an experienced, offensive capable option atop the line-up, the Cubs should seriously consider re-signing him this off-season. While Jay’s age, 32, does limit the length of a possible contract, 2017 was Jay’s best offensive season since 2014
In the end, I think the Cubs would do well to re-sign Jay to a three or four-year deal. Such a deal would likely cost the team five to six million dollars a year. That would be money well spent for a team that does not have a defined lead-off hitter moving forward.
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This off-season would be a great time for the Cubs to re-sign a poor man’s version of Dexter Fowler named Jon Jay.