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.
Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.
Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.
Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.