Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora says he’s overhauled his approach

Albert Almora / Chicago Cubs (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Chicago Cubs: This has to be a make-or-break season for Almora

Look, I understand that one bad year does not a player make. But, really since the midway point of the 2018 campaign, Almora has been a lost cause at the plate. Over that same stretch, we’ve heard the front office preach about production over promise (although they’ve done literally nothing to back that line up).

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That has to change in 2020.

In the outfield, he’s always brought value. That is, until last season, when he turned in a -2.5 UZR – a dramatic downturn from the 1.9 UZR he posted in 2018. That, paired with his woeful results at the plate made him a below-average contributor for the first time in his career.

It makes sense Chicago is giving him another chance – after all, it’s not like they’re going to spend money to find an answer. But this is it. Almora has to take advantage of this opportunity and show he’s got what it takes to be the team’s answer moving forward.

"“I feel a lot more upbeat. I feel like this is all I know, and I feel like every year we’re super excited to get going and super happy to be here,” he added. “This year there’s a little bit more of that. There’s a little bit more. For myself, at least, I feel a little bit more organized. I feel like I know what I have to do for myself to get ready.”"

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If there’s one guy I’m keeping an eye on this spring, it’s Albert Almora. He (and the Cubs) have a lot riding on his performance this year and neither side can afford a repeat of last season’s doomed efforts.