The Cub haven't made a big splash yet and indications are that they continue to pursue value type players who play good defense and provide athleticism. The Cubs were one of the worst teams in both areas last season. To help improve that, they've brought in two new starters who are both athletic and defensive upgrades in David DeJesus (RF) and Ian Stewart (3B). Now they are looking at outfielder Coco Crisp to play LF, possibly instead of the offensively oriented Alfonso Soriano.
MLB TradeRumors reports that the Cubs have inquired on Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp. Once again we see the Cubs looking at a good defensive player with athleticism and speed. The Cubs reportedly envision him playing LF, which makes you wonder what the long term plans are for Soriano.
Crisp, 32, is a switch-hitter who is highly regarded for his defense and his penchant for making the spectacular play. His lifetime UZR in LF is an astonishing 26.5, well above average to say the least.
Offensively his slash line was .264/.314/.379 to go with 49 stolen bases in 58 tries, an 84% success rate. His RC+ was an even 100, which made him a league average offensive player. His WAR that season was also around league average at 2.2. The previous year was even better. Crisp put up a line of .279/.342/.438 and an RC+ of 127, which is well above league average and higher than any Cub last year other than Aramis Ramirez. He had an above average WAR of 3.3
In Crisp, the Cubs would be getting an athletic, speedy, top notch defensive outfielder with at least average offensive abilities. His speed on the bases would give the Cubs more options on offense. He'd be a solid addition and I think overall the Cubs would be better off with him in LF than Soriano, though they'll miss that power.