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Josh Bell, Cody Belliger and other Cubs buzz from GM Meetings - NBC Sports Chicago

Hoyer said this week he expects most of next year’s center field innings to be handled by somebody he’ll add to the roster this winter.

“Certainly with [Alexander] Canario’s injury and Brennen [Davis’] setback, it made that just that much more obvious,” Hoyer said of Canario’s long-term ankle and shoulder injuries suffered two weeks ago in winter ball and Davis’ stress reaction in his surgically repaired back experienced during Arizona Fall League. They are the Cubs’ top two Triple-A outfield prospects.

Problem with the external solution: There aren’t many available outfielders who fit the bill. And when it comes to bills, you can forget the top two guys out there: megastar, soon-to-be-megabucks recipient Aaron Judge and the Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, who looks like a candidate to get overpaid based on his recent numbers, league-wide need and scarcity.

But three-time Gold Glove centerfielder Kevin Kiermeier, who had his 2023 option declined by the Rays, and Bellinger are both on the Cubs’ radar, according to sources.

Kiermeier, who turns 33 in April, didn’t play the second half in 2022 because of a hip injury, and likely will be available on a modest, short-term commitment.

Bellinger, the lefty hitter who has made most of his career starts in center (and second-most at first), has been a significantly below-average offensive performer the last two years after shoulder surgery, which could make him — at age 27 — a candidate for one of agent Scott Boras’ one-year, “pillow” contracts to prove his value for next year’s free agency.

“He can play Gold Glove first base and center field,” Boras said. “It’s really about getting his strength back so he can repeat his skill level.”

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: November 12, 2022 at 01:47 PM (#6105237)
It's annoying but we have to shift our mindset on "solutions." There's nothing wrong with what Hoyer says -- in fact it's consistent with reality. The Cubs are looking for somebody to take _most of_ their CF innings. Kiermaier hasn't had 500 PA or 120 starts in a season since 2015. Some of that was injury but His job isn't full-time CF. That leaves the question of who gets most of the RHB CF starts.

This would seem to clarify that Morel's future is not in CF, at least not on a regular basis (he might be the RHB). That's fine, he didn't look too comfortable out there although with time he could probably wrestle it to a draw.

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