Daryle Ward became the latest Cub to file for free agency on Saturday afternoon after a disappointing second season with the Chicago Cubs. Ward struggled off the bench for Lou Piniella last year and will likely be replaced by Micah Hoffpauir next season. Daryle Ward hit .218 with a .319 OBP, a .402 SLG and a .721 OPS in 89 games (22-for-102) with 7 doubles, 4 home runs and 17 RBI’s after compiling a .327/.436/.527/.963 line in 2007 with 13 doubles and 3 home runs in 79 games (36-for-110).
As a pinch hitter in 2008…. .145/.294/.291 with a .585 OPS (8-for-55) with 12 walks, 2 doubles and 2 home runs in 73 games.
Daryle Ward completes the list of all possible Cubs that could file for free agency.
Complete List of Free Agent Filings:
- Ryan Dempster
- Kerry Wood
- Henry Blanco
- Jim Edmonds
- Bobby Howry
- Jon Lieber
- Chad Fox
- Daryle Ward
Both Ryan Dempster and Henry Blanco are expected to return in 2009 (and in Dempster’s case, beyond) but Kerry Wood resigning with the Cubs at this point is questionable at best, same for Jim Edmonds.