Much Ado About Center Field…..
The signing of Yoenis Cespedes brought about a barrage of articles calling for the demise of Dexter Fowlers free agent status. It appears that at any point in the near future Fowler will have found his squad and what appears to be a healthy payday in the process.
I liked Fowler just fine…I don’t want him for the sum he will command or the duration of the contract, but on a short term basis, sure!
That being said, just about everybody has kicked the Dexter Fowler tires this off-season. The Giants and Mets were said to be smitten, until they got more smitten with Span and Cespedes respectively. The White Sox are said to be in, as well as the Angels but there are cash issues afoot for the Angels and the Sox just don’t sign large deals, especially for guys who do not light up the marquee.
The Cubs could sign him, but in what is becoming a large Bugaboo in free agency, they need the draft pick they will get if he signs elsewhere. The signing of Heyward and Lackey sucked two draft picks away from the Cubs and you could almost see the pain in Theo’s eyes as those picks slid away into the night.
However, I sit here wondering, is Heyward enough when you potentially have a reformed catcher playing left and Soler in right?
I would sleep better in late August if the center field option were one of sheer defensive pedigree. I don’t doubt, based on history, that Heyward will be a fine outfielder, but I would love a “run it down and crash into the wall” kind of defender out there. If I may be so greedy, one that can hit too?
Here is where I ask the baseball gods for a gift….
Many of you know by now that the Cubs have been rumored to be in trade talks with the Rays. It’s hard not to find at least one update per day on the still simmering hot stove regarding the Cubs young, but expendable players, some Rays pitchers (who I would like to have too) and the occasional random position player thrown in. Here is where I tell you who I want…..
Kevin Kiermiaer. Yup, the gold glove outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. He doesn’t light up the scoreboard with his hitting, it is respectable (actually hit .263 two years in a row….on the button?), but won’t fill the shoes of Soler at the plate. However, his defense is probably some of the best in center field and I think he is attainable. He is also controllable, which is how we like to roll in Wrigley these days. It’s crazy, I look at Twitter everyday expecting to see a trade between the Cubs and Rays, my biggest of hopes?
To see Kiermaier’s name involved. So bizarre, call it a feeling, but the guy is the greatest sleeper pick ever!
Anyhow, that’s my take, what should the Cubs do with center field? Should we stand pat and roll into 2016 with what we have, which is not a bad option, or should we make one more deal? Who do you want?