2.) An OBP/contact-hitting machine
The Cubs ran into trouble against the New York Mets trio of aces because of their inability to put the ball in play on a consistent basis. The Cubs had the most strikeouts in the league this year by a wide margin, over 100 more than their closest competitor for most whiffs. While the Cubs drew a ton of walks and hit a ton of home runs this year, their offense could get stagnant at times while they waited around for the perfect pitch to hit. The Mets capitalized on this and shut the Cubs down quite easily.
It’s all but a given that Alex Gordon will opt-out of his contract with the Kansas City Royals. Convincing Gordon to leave KC will be difficult, but the Cubs should come after him aggressively. It’s not a huge stretch to picture the Midwest native leaving Missouri for Illinois. Gordon’s leadership, on-base ability, and approach at the plate would be a huge positive addition for the Cubs. There could be an opening in the Chicago outfield with Dexter Fowler also becoming a free agent. That opening would be filled nicely with Alex Gordon. Ben Zobrist is another name to consider. A Zobrist-Maddon reunion makes sense.