Cubs sign Jon Jay to a 1-year deal

It seems that the Chicago Cubs have found their new starting center fielder as they signed Jon Jay to a 1-year/$8 million deal. Jay has never been known for power hitting as his career high in home runs was 10 in 2011. However, Jay is certainly a consistent hitter as has hit an average of .287 throughout his career. Jay also provides solid defense as he only had 1 error in 72 games played in center field for the Padres last season. Dexter Fowler is definitely a better player than Jay is, but Fowler will likely receive a multi-year deal with a lot more money than Jay will receive. Albert Almora Jr. is the other center-field option for the Cubs and he’ll likely split time with Jon Jay in a platoon role. Jay will be more of the everyday player as he’ll face right-handed pitching. Jay’s consistent hitting could be really beneficial to the Cubs since he could be used as a leadoff hitter to set up for the power hitting of the rest of the Cubs lineup. I really like this signing for the Cubs since it is obvious that they wouldn’t bring Dexter Fowler back next season. Jay is an experienced player that knows how to win from his time with the Cardinals a few years ago. He might not provide much power or speed anymore, but he is a consistent player that will get on base often.

Grade: B

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