Joc Pederson is reportedly on his way to the North Side as the Cubs are set to sign the outfielder, pending a physical. This story was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The deal will reportedly be for one year at $7 million.
Pederson has been a mainstay in the Dodgers outfield since he was selected by the organization in the 2010 MLB Draft. Pederson did have one of his worst years as a Dodger during the 2020 regular season but rebounded in the playoffs, hitting .382 with 2 HR and 8 RBI.
Pederson has never hit much for average, exemplified by his .230 career batting average. But he does have a slightly above-average career OBP (.336) and is known for his power. The outfielder touts a career .470 slugging percentage and has hit 130 HR for the Dodgers in his seven professional seasons with the club, including a 36 HR season in 2019.
As things stand, Pederson should be an outfield starter for the Cubs, joining Ian Happ and Jason Heyward. Pederson mainly played center field for the Dodgers but had some experience in left and minimal experience in right. I predict Pederson replaces Kyle Schwarber in left-field while Ian Happ and Jason Heyward retain their natural center and right-field spots.
More to come as details of the deal emerge.