After a very forgettable 2006 season the Cubs have been in the headlines since October. The next few weeks leading up to the start of Spring Training in mid-February is when the Cubs will add and subtract pieces they feel will make a difference in 2007. Not much has surfaced of late out of the offices at 1060 West Addison, other than the weekly blurb about how close they are to signing Cliff Floyd. In the aftermath of the Barry Zito signing, there is a new/old name in the rumor mill….David Newhan. Newhan’s name first surfaced in a trade rumor with Baltimore back at the beginning of the off-season but on Friday it gained a little more credibility. According to a report in the Baltimore Sun by Roch Kubatko, found on Rotowire.com, the Cubs and the Mets have made the strongest offers to Newhan. The Orioles did not tender him a contract at the deadline so he is free to sign with any team he so desires. According to the report, Newhan might have to accept a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training to be able to compete for a spot on a 25-man roster for Opening Day.
Newhan feels he can help a National League team and can play both infield and outfield. The report on Rotowire speculated that the Cubs could send Ronny Cedeno down to Iowa to make room for Newhan on the roster. Rotowire does not think Newhan would be a good fit for the New York Mets.
After a career year in 2004 when he hit .311/.361/.453 in 95 games, 373 at bats, 8 home runs and 54 RBI’s his numbers have dropped in the last 2 seasons and he is recovering from a broken leg he suffered in 2006. He was placed on the 15-day DL on April 18th with a fractured right fibula and did not play again until August 29th when he was activated from the 60-day DL. Newhan played in 39 games in 2006 and has not reached the 100-game plateau in his Major League career. Newhan bats left-handed, throws right-handed, turned 33 last September and has played every position in the field with the exception of shortstop in his 6-year Major League career.
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