DJ LeMahieu

A crowded Cubs outfield has plenty to prove in 2018

A crowded Cubs outfield has plenty to prove in 2018

After Ben Zobrist earned his second straight ring and was named the World Series MVP in 2016, you can’t blame him for taking some time to relax last offseason.

But that’s old news.

Zobrist, who turns 37 in May, is coming off a subpar season and doesn’t know how he will be used this year in Joe Maddon’s revolving-door lineup. So Zobrist took only 10 days off after the Cubs bowed out of the National League Championship Series before diving back into the weight room. He was back in the hitting cage by mid-November, hoping to rebound in 2018.

“I’ll say it — it was my worst year statistically and physically since I’ve been in the big leagues,” Zobrist said. “I also can say...

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