Chicago Cubs: What could Haniger bring to the table for the Cubs?
At age 27 Haniger is just now coming into his prime years and he is under contract for the next four seasons. He had a career year in just his second season in the big leagues, posting a 4.6 WAR. That was the highest WAR of anyone on the Mariners and that would have been the second highest of any Cub, trailing just National League MVP runner-up Javier Baez.
Haniger is an extremely versatile batter and can hit anywhere in the lineup. Last season he started as the number six hitter before becoming the cleanup hitter. He even served as the M’s leadoff man when Dee Gordon went down with an injury.
The right fielder is a multi-dimensional hitter and can hit for both contact and power. He hit .285 last season and recorded 170 hits, the second-most on the team. He also hit 26 home runs and drove in 93 runs, both of which were also second-best among the Mariners, trailing only Nelson Cruz.
While he is mostly known for his bat, Haniger is a more than serviceable outfielder. Even though he isn’t extremely flashy with the glove, he has one of the stronger arms in baseball. Last season he was one of the best at throwing out runners, tying for the league lead with 12 outfield assists.