Replacing Dexter Fowler who should leave via free agency will be a tough task. However, Denard Span might just be the perfect fit for the Cubs. He would be an effective weapon at the top of the order for the team and would be a lot cheaper than trying to re-sign Fowler. Not that the Cubs need to save money, but you could the same bang for the buck with Span opposed to Fowler.
Span has a career .352 on base percentage and has 152 career stolen bases. He missed a lot of last season due to multiple injuries, but did play in 61 games batting .301 with a .365 on base percentage. Span walks and puts the ball in play. He is a true leadoff hitter and those type of players are getting harder and harder to find each season. He also plays an excellent defense in center field.
Span earned $9 million dollars this season in his last year of arbitration. He will likely get a small raise from that and could get three to four years minimum. He has rare traits and a team could easily fall in love with his leadoff skill. Span is 31 and has some injury concerns. His speed makes up his game so there are some red flags to signing him long-term. Like any ball player there are negatives to him as a player, but he does have a rare gift. Getting on base and scoring runs is something that cannot be taken lightly.