Cubs seeking leadoff man for 2018

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:23:47 AM. The Cubs current options at the leadoff spot are slim, but here are some possibilities for 2018.
Who will lead off for the next year? It’s anyone’s guess with three months to go until . The Cubs had three players with 150 or more plate appearances in the leadoff spot in 2018, but none was particularly effective. Of the 49 major-league players who fit that category, ranked 27th with a .330 on-base percentage from the top spot, while was 31st at .325 and 37th at .312. The Cubs definitely missed , who fled to the Cardinals in 2017 for more money. But it should be noted that Fowler ranked 39th with a .308 OBP in the leadoff spot and eventually was moved down in the order for , who led the majors with a .418 OPB batting first. General manager Jed Hoyer said at the GM meetings there’s not one leadoff man “clearly on the roster,” which means the Cubs will probably have to go outside the organization. Here are five options they can consider as they prepare to build the 2018 roster. Re-sign Jay While he’s not the perfect leadoff man, Jay was a valuable asset in 2017 and worth the one-year investment. If Jay doesn’t get a multiyear deal as a free agent, the Cubs certainly could bring him back on a one-year deal in the same basic role and make him a part-time leadoff man. Acquire This is a long shot, though the Marlins are looking to shed payroll, and Gordon is one of their veterans expected to be on the trading block. He scored 114 runs last season, including 108 from the leadoff spot, third most in the majors. He also stole 60 bases, including 57 from the top spot, second to ’s...Read more
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