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Cubs Trade Target: Charlie Blackmon

Here’s someone who could help the Cubs, at the right price.

As you know, I’m a big proponent of the Cubs keeping Dexter Fowler to play center field and bat leadoff for the next few seasons.

If they decide not to go that way, a player who could help them might be Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon.

Blackmon had the best year of his career in 2016, batting .324/.381/.552 with 35 doubles, 29 home runs and 13 stolen bases, posting a career-high 4.4 bWAR. Many Rockies players have extreme Coors Field splits, but not so for Blackmon in 2016:

Home: .335/.399/.540, 12 HR in 278 AB
Road: .313/.363/.563, 17 HR in 300 AB

Blackmon has been mentioned in other Cubs trade rumors for a couple of years now, so I’d think the front office might have their eye on him if they decide to move on from Dex. Blackmon is a competent major-league center fielder and had a .380 on-base percentage batting leadoff in 2016. That would solve any leadoff issues, I’d think. If the Cubs did trade for Blackmon, they could then platoon Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. in left field and trade Jorge Soler for pitching help.

Blackmon made $3.5 million in 2016 and is arb-eligible in 2017; I’d think he’d be in line for a contract somewhere between $7 million and $10 million. He’s under team control for two more seasons, and is approximately the same age as Fowler (about three months younger).

Again, I’m still in the “Keep Dexter” camp, but this might work for an alternative. What say you, and who would you trade for Blackmon?