From the Wire….Cubs Sign Reed Johnson

Updated – 2:14pm C.T. with Additional Information and Roster Cuts

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times and from Paul Sullivan in Mesa, the Cubs have agreed to a 1-year deal with Reed Johnson worth $1.3 million dollars. Johnson will serve as the Cubs long awaited right-handed outfielder that can play all three spots.

In other news, the Cubs made another roster reduction on Tuesday morning. Eric Patterson and Sam Fuld were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Micah Hoffpauir, Casey McGehee and Les Walrond were assigned to minor league camp.

According to the report in the Sun-Times, Sean Marshall will pitch out of the pen in Tuesday’s game against the Giants and he could fill the vacancy left by Scott Eyre….”Eyre received a cortisone shot in his left elbow after x-rays showed a continued problem with a bone spur.” Eyre “is expected” to start the season on the DL but “he hopes to start throwing again next week.

Will update if more information on the Johnson signing is released….

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