2. Landing an impact centerfielder
Dexter Fowler had a terrific season in Chicago. He was the tablesetter the Cubs had been in search of for years. After getting off to a slow start, it was the final three days before the All-Star break that saw Fowler catch fire, and continue his impressive play during the second half. The defensive metrics may say that Fowler is a sub-par fielder, but he is capable of making plays. In the leadoff spot, the Cubs went as Fowler went. To start a big September series in St. Louis against the Cardinals, Fowler hit a tone-setting home run on the first pitch. It was Fowler and Schwarber that got things going in the Wild Card game, and he also had a solid NLDS. In the NLCS, Fowler was unable to provide that spark, and the team went as he went, which was a collective struggle at the plate.
Fowler is one of the handful of free agents the Cubs have this winter, but there is a possibility he could re-sign with Chicago. Fowler is one of a few options that the Cubs could target this winter. Theo Epstein and company may also make a play on the likes of a Jason Heyward, Denard Span, Colby Rasmus, or even Yoenis Cespedes. After starting pitching, landing a centerfielder is the next biggest spot for the Cubs to go after this winter. They will be in search of a guy who can help cover up some of the question marks that may come with corner spots filled by Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler.
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