Maddon discusses candidates for lead-off hitter and closer for 2017


by - Senior Editor -
Discuss on the Baseball Message Board   Print   | CubsHQ Facebook ChicagoCubsHQ Twitter CubsHQ RSS Feed
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Maddon spoke with reporters on Tuesday and said that his message to the players would be about winning the World Series again.

Maddon also said that right now his leading candidates to bat leadoff will be Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber because of the departure of Dexter Fowler according to multiple reports.

Schwarber leading off a game would be one of the most unconventional moves by Joe Maddon but would give the young phenom tons of at-bats during the season.

He also said that Hector Rondon is the closer for 2017 right now.

Regardless, if the Cubs go shopping for a closer in the offseason, they also still have Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop waiting in the wings. However, the Cubs have been targeting help in the starting rotation and relief pitching since the Winter Meeting have started.


Comment on this story
Tags: Joe Maddon
Thanks for visiting CubsHQ.com. Follow our Facebook page to get updates on your news feed!
WATCH: Russell discusses his suspension, apologizes to former wife
WATCH: Russell discusses his suspension, apologizes to former wife
Vegas odds on Cubs winning 2019 World Series
Vegas odds on Cubs winning 2019 World Series
Cubs insist new TV network won't have right-wing bias
Cubs insist new TV network won't have right-wing bias
It's official: Cubs sign lefty specialist
It's official: Cubs sign lefty specialist
Send Feedback to Tony Crumpton: Email | Comment
Discuss on the Baseball Message Board   Print   | CubsHQ Facebook ChicagoCubsHQ Twitter CubsHQ RSS Feed
Post your comments!
WATCH: Russell discusses his suspension, apologizes to former wife
WATCH: Russell discusses his suspension, apologizes to former wife
The Hot Corner: Morrow’s rehab, Machado waiting on $300 mil, and more
The Hot Corner: Morrow’s rehab, Machado waiting on $300 mil, and more
Vegas odds on Cubs winning 2019 World Series
Vegas odds on Cubs winning 2019 World Series
Cubs insist new TV network won't have right-wing bias
Cubs insist new TV network won't have right-wing bias
CubsHQ 2019 Preview, Part 3: The Cubs Rotation; perhaps MLB's best
CubsHQ 2019 Preview, Part 3: The Cubs Rotation; perhaps MLB's best
Dan's Take: MLB Network is #1, PECOTA projections, and more
Dan's Take: MLB Network is #1, PECOTA projections, and more
It's official: Cubs sign lefty specialist
It's official: Cubs sign lefty specialist
Cubs single-season tickets go on sale Friday
Cubs single-season tickets go on sale Friday
Maddon's response to PECOTA's last place projection for Cubs
Maddon's response to PECOTA's last place projection for Cubs
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest