MLB free agent signings: Champion Cubs find possible replacement for Dexter Fowler
Veteran outfielder Jon Jay has agreed to a one-year deal with the World Series champs
Jay is a left-handed hitter who owns a career OPS+ of 103 and can play all three outfield positions. His power isn't up to outfielder standards, but he's a reasonable on-base threat, even in platoon-disadvantaged situations. The 31-year-old has his limitations, but he can be quite useful on a well-stocked roster, which is exactly what the Cubs have.
This past season, Jay batted 291/.339/.389 in 90 games for the Padres. Over the past two seasons, he's missed significant time with injuries (wrist and forearm). However, those injuries were impact-related, so they're not as likely to recur as are strains and pulls and the like.
In Chicago, Jay is likely to form a center field platoon with the right-handed-hitting Albert Almora. Jay's signing also means that Dexter Fowler is almost certainly not returning to the Cubs in 2017.
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