Grabow and Fox File for Free Agency

According to a report from, John Grabow was the last of the Cubs possible free agents to file for free agency on Monday. Grabow joined Reed Johnson, Rich Harden, Kevin Gregg and Chad Fox as the five Cubs on the 2009 roster to file for free agency … Chad Fox’s announcement had not been made public before Monday.

The Cubs are expected to re-sign John Grabow this week before he hits the market on Friday. A report over the weekend indicated the Cubs faxed John Grabow’s agent an offer sheet last Wednesday.

Both Kevin Gregg and John Grabow were classified as Type-A free agents while Rich Harden was tagged as a Type-B free agent.

If the Cubs offer arbitration by the December 1 deadline to Kevin Gregg and John Grabow, they decline the offer by December 7 and sign with another team, the Cubs would receive two picks (a first round and a sandwich pick). If the Cubs offer arbitration to Rich Harden, they will receive a sandwich pick as compensation in the 2010 Draft.

The Cubs are not expected to offer arbitration to either Rich Harden or Kevin Gregg.

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