As spring training nears, the Cubs are still trying to add at least two more players to their roster. Their top two choices are a fourth outfielder, and a right handed reliever. So lets take a look at the latest for the Cubs.
Xavier Nady now appears to be the Cubs top choice for fourth outfielder. That according to a report from Fox Sports. Sources indicate that unless Jermaine Dye’s asking price comes down, the Cubs will likely focus on adding Xavier Nady to the mix. Nady is coming off of his second career tommy john surgery, but will be ready by the time spring training comes around. When healthy, he is a very good player averaging .280 for his career and about 15 to 20 homers per year. This refutes a report from David Kaplan on Friday that indicated that Jonny Gomes was the Cubs lead candidate for their fourth outfielder. Out of the two, I would prefer Nady mainly because he is a much better defensive player than Gomes. Both are relatively similar when it comes to hitting.
Nothing new to report on Ben Sheets, the Cubs still have interest but not for what he is asking.
Their interest in free agent reliever Kiko Calero has cooled over the past week, the Cubs are afraid that his shoulder won’t be able to hold up.
They also would like to upgrade their second base position, but it is not high on their list of needs. They have shown interest though in both Orlando Hudson, and Adam Kennedy.