Chicago Cubs: Potential offensive targets for Cubs as offseason starts
Now batting leadoff…
When “You go, we go” went, so did the motor in the Cubs offense. Seems like a rather obvious statement, but it is the truth. As a team, the team batted .246 out of the leadoff spot. Only the eighth and ninth spots in the order ranked worse. Part of the problem is that batters slotted first struck out 162 times, with 73 walks.
What about 2016, you ask? Those numbers are .267, 157 Ks, 109 BB.
The Cubs cannot afford that to happen again in 2018. So, where do they turn?
On the team? Albert Almora could be a great option, if he can hit right-handers. Should they re-sign Jay, he would be viable as well. But, I think they need to turn away from the team.
Let’s assume Arrieta does not return to the Cubs. Money to sign a larger named free agent is available. Well, they would need about $14 million to sign Lorenzo Cain.
For his career, Cain’s slash line is .290/.342/.421. Sure, the OBP is not as high as previous Cubs, but the overall production is there. A former All-Star and a World Series champion, Cain’s performance on the field will jolt the Cubs with much-needed energy. He has great speed and can take a base when needed.
And, he plays great defense, averaging 19 runs saved per season.