On Thursday, the Kansas City Royals released first baseman Mike Jacobs. Should the Chicago Cubs give Jacobs a call? There are a couple reasons Jacobs intrigues me as a free agent, the biggest of which is that he would bring something the Cubs' bench currently lacks: power. Over the course of his career, Jacobs has hit a home run every 19 at bats, a ratio that's significantly better than Andres Blanco, who has one career home run in 349 at bats, or Mike Fontenot, who's ratio is roughly one in every 41 at bats. The closest thing the Cubs have to power on their bench is Micah Hoffpauir, has only left the yard once in every 25 at bats. At 29 years old, however, Hoffpauir has fewer career at-bats than Jacobs has had in one season. Jacobs had his worst season in the majors in 2009, with his OPS ...
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