Cubs News: Three questions about the outfield spots

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Chicago Cubs: Has time run out?

The Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber has had hot and cold streaks–mostly cold–in his career. He’s played six seasons in the majors–five if you’re counting the injury in 2016. He played sensationally in the World Series and was runner-up to the MVP if not for Ben Zobrist.

This season was absolutely horrible for Schwarber. He hit .188 with 11 home runs and an OPS+ of 88 in 59 games–his lowest since 2016 when he missed the entire season. He had a wRC+ of 90 and a BABIP of .219. It was dreadful.

Schwarber is on the line for $8 million for a streaky hitter. Is it enough? He has abundant power, but will the average keep up with it? Sub .200 is not enough to be on the Cubs–or anybody else for that matter. But clubs will be looking to make some changes to their roster. So, takers?