Jim Hendry accomplished his goal of moving Milton Bradley on Friday. Hendry sent Bradley to Seattle in favor of Carlos Silva and received a little payroll relief. The Cubs will now turn their attention to adding a centerfielder and a veteran arm to the bullpen.
According to a report from Bruce Levine, Marlon Byrd and Matt Capps are in the Cubs’ sights … with Matt Capps tops on the Cubs priority list.
Here’s the latest … The Cubs want to add a veteran reliever to the backend of the bullpen. Kiko Calero was mentioned as a possibility before Matt Capps was non-tendered by the Pirates last Saturday.
Capps showed interest in becoming a Cub soon after his release. The Cubs, along with six other teams, have had serious discussions with Capps’ agent. Bruce Levine reported the Cubs and Nationals could be the two teams that interest Capps the most.
Levine reported the Nationals are offering a one-year deal that could pay Capps up to $4 million. Capps would prefer to close and could do so with the Nationals. It might take a two-year contract from the Cubs in order to “push Washington out of the way.”
If he signs with the Cubs, Matt Capps would be the primary right-handed setup man to Carlos Marmol … what happened to Angel Guzman?
A report from Evan Grant (Dallas Morning News) on Friday afternoon indicated the Cubs were close to signing Marlon Byrd. Byrd appears to be the Cubs’ focus after missing out on Mike Cameron. But Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel are still possibilities according to Bruce Levine.
Marlon Byrd is looking for a two-year deal while Scott Podsednik is rumored to be seeking a three-year contract in the $12 million range. During the Winter Meetings, Scott Boras, Rick Ankiel’s agent, was rumored to be looking for “big bucks” for the former Cardinal … but no one is certain what type of contract Rick Ankiel is looking for this winter.
According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are interested in all three outfielders.
Stay Tuned ….