MLB free agent signings: Champion Cubs find possible replacement for Dexter Fowler

The Cubs have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Jon Jay, the team announced Tuesday. According to multiple reports, Jay has inked a one-year deal worth $8 million.

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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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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