The Chicago Cubs want to move Kosuke Fukudome back to right field in 2010. That is his natural position and they feel like he will be a better hitter not having to worry about manning the center field position at Wrigley. So, the Cubs must find a center fielder.
The Boston Red Sox signed Mike Cameron. Juan Pierre signed with the Chicago White Sox.
Reed Johnson is still out there, but injuries have been a concern over the last couple of years with Johnson and they don’t want to get into a similar situation again by depending on Johnson.
The same could be said for Scott Podsednik who did a great job for the White Sox in 2009 but who is always an injury away from missing significant time.
Tops on the list right now is Marlon Byrd, but he has several suitors and the Cubs might not have what it takes to land Byrd. Plus, with the late signings before the 2009 for minimal dollar amounts (see Bobby Abreu, Adam Dunn, etc.) maybe GM Jim Hendry is counting on the fact that he might be able to wait it out and sign someone at the end of January/early February for minimal money and years. A player who could hold the position for a year or 2 until Tyler Colvin is ready to play at the major league level each and every day. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything on the transaction front.