Souza could work as the Cubs' DH when the abbreviated regular season gets underway, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports. MLB officially adopted the universal DH for its shortened season, which bodes well for Souza. The 31-year-old missed all of last year due to a knee injury, so the Cubs likely won't want to push him too hard in the field. Souza, Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Victor Caratini could all split some time at DH as new manager David Ross looks to navigate the 60-game slate.
Souza could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Albert Almora and Ian Happ, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Souza was likely behind Happ and Almora in the battle for playing time before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. That will still likely be the case whenever the regular season is able to begin, but Souza could benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH, which has been discussed as the league mulls options for a condensed season. The 30-year-old missed all of last year due to a knee injury, so if he's able to hit some without playing the field, the Cubs may deploy him in that role to ease him back into action.
Souza is one of several candidates for the Cubs' final roster spot out of spring training, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. MLB teams now get 26 roster spots to play with, and Souza could take advantage as a reserve outfielder for the Cubs. The 30-year-old is stuck behind stalwarts such as Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Ian Happ and Albert Almora, but just seeing Souza back in the majors would be a nice development after he missed all of 2019 due to a major knee injury.
Souza went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's Cactus League win over the Mariners. After missing all of 2019 due to a knee injury, Souza is looking to show he's fully healthy this spring, and this was a nice start. The 30-year-old is likely to serve as a reserve outfielder, so his fantasy value will be limited unless he's able to secure regular playing time at some point.
Souza and the Cubs are finalizing a deal Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The specifics of the deal have not yet been revealed. Souza missed all of the 2019 campaign after tearing his ACL, LCL and PCL in spring training. He wasn't great in his most recent season, hitting .220/.309/.369 in 72 games for Arizona in 2018, a year in which he battled shoulder and back injuries. If healthy this season, he should at least make a decent bench option for the Cubs, but it would take a significant step forward in his age-31 season for him to become an enticing fantasy asset.
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