Outfielder Jon Jay signed with the Cubs on a 1 year 8 million dollar deal here-forth known as the Dexter Fowler deal.
Jay missed nearly two months of the 2016 season with a broken forearm that was sustained when he was hit by a pitch, but he was productive when he was healthy enough to take the field. The longtime Cardinals center fielder batted .291/.339/.389 with a pair of homers and 26 doubles in 374 trips to the plate. Jay was leading the National League with 24 doubles at the time he sustained his injury, batting .296/.345/.407 to that point in the season, but he tallied just three extra-base hits over his final 84 plate appearances upon returning from the disabled list.
The deal likely signals the end of Dexter Fowler’s tenure at Chicago. Hey maybe he can try to pretend to sign with Baltimore again this year! With Jay, the Cubs now have Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Jorge Soler, Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr, and Matt Szczur (who officially has the most difficult name to type EVER!).