According to a report on Cubs.com, Rich Harden and Reed Johnson were among the 79 players to file for free agency on Thursday. The Cubs have exclusive negotiating rights until November 20 to work out new contracts with all of their potential free agents … Reed Johnson, Rich Harden, John Grabow, Kevin Gregg and Chad Fox.
Reports have suggested the Cubs would like Reed Johnson back in the fold but are concerned about his back. As for Rich Harden, the Cubs should at least offer the right-hander arbitration … Harden is projected to be a Type-B free agent which would give the Cubs a sandwich pick in next year’s draft as compensation if Harden declines arbitration and signs elsewhere.
Many feel it would take between $8 – $10 million to sign Harden for one-year and considering his injury history would be the smart move for any team …
Reed Johnson will not be classified as a Type A or Type B free agent.
According to the report on Cubs.com, “Both Harden and Johnson could return, but it depends on their asking price. The Cubs may consider a one-year deal with Rich Harden, but are believed to be hesitant to give the right-hander a multi-year contract.”
The Cubs are expected to re-sign John Grabow before the lefty reliever hits the open market.
Stay Tuned …