Chicago Cubs: Corey Dickerson could help balance the lineup

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Chicago Cubs: There are some ways they could see Dickerson fit in

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One thing people who follow Corey Dickerson know is that he is a left fielder. Five hundred-forty seven of his career 571 games in the outfielder have been in left. He has played 27 games in center and six in right. As mentioned earlier the big hole is in center currently. Not to say he could not potentially slide over and spend a spring getting reps in center, but there are other ways to fit him in.

Let’s say the Cubs do make big moves and a core player moves on. If Schwarber is involved in a trade, left becomes open. If Castellanos is not re-signed and they feel Heyward can fill the main center field role, then Dickerson could get acquainted in right if they do keep Schwarber. Looking at scenarios one can conclude that a path for Dickerson to fit in with the Cubs would require Castellanos to sign elsewhere.

Does this mean they should go for Dickerson instead? Well, Dickerson does come with a slight worry with the foot injury last year. Castellanos is also younger and has more prime years ahead. However, Dickerson will no doubt be cheaper and one could look at the career numbers and see how similar the two are hitting-wise. Again, money is a big factor here.

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A guy like Dickerson could be a very welcome addition to a Cubs team that needs some more offensive production outside the main core. A reliable lefty bat who can hit 30-some doubles a year with some home run pop can help balance things a bit more in the lineup. If the price is reasonable he is worth a look.