The Cubs have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday evening, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Jay, 31, had a solid 2016 campaign, batting .291/.339/.389 with 26 doubles in 374 plate appearances. He was limited to only 90 games due to a fracture in his right forearm.
The Cubs lost center fielder Dexter Fowler to free agency. Unless the Cubs bring Fowler back — which is unlikely at this point — or make another comparable addition, Jay figures to platoon with Albert Almora, Jr. in center.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.
The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.