Cubs: This two-time All-Star struggled at the dish this season
Last season was tough for Dee Strange-Gordon. With the Mariners he hit a career-low .200 in 33 games in a utility role in Seattle.
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Strange-Gordon, 32, has an overall good resume. He is a two-time All-Star who had the most hits in the majors in 2015 (205) and is the active leader in stolen bases (333). In 2015 he also won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. Overall he is a career .286/.319/.360 hitter with a 14.9 percent strikeout rate.
Why is he a good fit?
While not an on-base machine, he gets his hits and puts the ball in play. The 14.9 percent strikeout rate is an indication of his ability to not miss the ball as much as the average player, which is typically around 20% per FanGraphs.
His 2020 season might have been rough but from 2014-2019 he hit a cumulative .294/.324/.373 in 788 games. Lets face it, a lot of solid/good players struggled in 2020 and it is not like Strange-Gordon is old. There is plenty reason to believe he has something left in the tank.
After the rough season he could come at good value. Spotrac has his value listed at around $2.1 million AAV going into 2021. If the Cubs want to add more contact hitters to their lineup with some speed, then Strange-Gordon could potentially be a good fit if he is willing to play certain roles.