Chicago Cubs: An early look at the team’s outfield situation

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With Steven Souza Jr. and the Cubs reportedly agreed on a deal, the team will have added more outfield depth. How will it be arranged in 2020?

Who would have ever thought? It took until January 24, but according to a Ken Rosenthal tweet, the Cubs finally inked a guy to a big league deal. Better late than never, right? According to Rosenthal, former Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. is set to join the team’s outfield ranks, pending a physical.

With this move the Cubs will have another outfielder in the mix. While people still hope for Nicholas Castellanos, this could indicate the Cubs are moving on from such hopes. On the other hand it is worth noting that moves made to clear salary that could involve the likes of Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber or Kris Bryant have yet to be made. Until Castellanos officially signs or major trades happen, we cannot know 100 percent.

For the time being the Cubs will have a lot of guys able to play outfield. Not all of them will necessarily be on the 25-man roster come Opening Day. This looks like a situation which will involve lots of platooning all across the outfield if there are no more major additions/subtractions.