Well, you can’t win them all. Or maybe the Cubs didn’t want to win this one?
After previously being connected to the Chicago Cubs, Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia will reportedly be signing with the Seattle Mariners. The deal is done and pending physical examinations, according to Bob Dutton of the News Tribune (which sounds like a newspaper in a Spider-Man movie, but is legit).
The contract particulars haven’t yet been released, but Heredia’s salary might be a bit larger than your initial estimate. If you recall, Heredia, 25, was not subject to the IFA bonus pool restrictions, so there will not be any penalties or taxes on his final deal. That also means, of course, all 30 teams were capable of bidding on, and driving up the price for, Heredia’s services. I don’t suspect his contract will reach the Yaisel Sierra tier, but the lack of IFA restrictions can really help.
A former switch-hitter, Heredia bats exclusively from the right side, now, while still throwing lefty. By most reports he is a true standout center fielder – his position on the Cuban National team during the 2013 World Baseball Classic – with plus speed, a plus arm, a good first step and plenty of range. According to Badler, Heredia has a quick, short swing, but lacks any real power. An acquiring MLB team will have to believe in his ability to improve, at least slightly, in that respect.
We know that the Cubs could plausibly look to add another right handed, quality outfield defender who could play all over, and Guillermo Heredia certainly fit that bill on paper, though his big league playability in 2016 is still a question. However, Matt Szczur still might be that guy and if he isn’t, the Cubs could still try to land Austin Jackson – who they were connected to just yesterday.
Like I said, you just can’t win them all.