4 players the Chicago Cubs will regret not signing
4 players the Chicago Cubs will regret not signing - 2. Brandon Drury
After a breakout season from Brandon Drury, The Chicago Cubs elected not to pursue the versatile infielder, even though he would have filled multiple holes for the team. Before the signings of Trey Mancini and Eric Hosmer, the Cubs desperately needed a first baseman after missing out on Abreu, and Drury's 1.000% fielding rate at first in 30 games last year would have been welcomed with open arms. However, Drury's value resides outside his defense.
Offensively, Drury posted a career-best .263/.320/.492 with 28 home runs and 87 RBIs, along with a 123 wRC+. Those numbers accumulated to a 3.0 WAR for Drury on the season. Granted, Drury had more success in the first half of the year being with the Cincinnati Reds in Great American Ballpark, but Wrigley Field, too, is generally a hitter's ballpark when the wind isn't howling in. Drury signed for two years and 17.0M, just a slight increase over Mancini. Drury batted .277 with two homers and eight knocked in during Spring Training.