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4th Outfielder on Cubs, Hendry’s To Do List

Posted on 21 January 2010 by Lou

The Chicago Cubs still need to find their 4th outfielder for the 2010 MLB schedule – Jermaine Dye, Xavier Nady and Reed Johnson are all on the list.  Three starters are already locked in – Left Fielder Alfonso Soriano, Center Fielder Marlon Byrd & Right Fielder Kosuke Fukudome.

Dye has played for the cross-town rival White Sox the last few seasons.  In 2009, however, Dye’s average dipped down to .251 well below his career .274 batting average.  Dye had 27 HR’s, 18 doubles and 81 RBI’s during the course of the 2009 MLB schedule.

Nady played only 7 games during the 2009 MLB season.  In July, Nady had season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery.  He is a career .280 hitter and he has played for the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates and both New York baseball teams – the Mets and Yankees.

Reed Johnson could also find himself back on the Cubs roster in 2010.  Johnson played only 65 games for the Cubs in 2009 because of injury issues.  He fractured his foot on a foul ball in July and never fully recovered.  The Cubs told Johnson that he should at least test the free agency market to see if he could find a team that would guarantee him more playing time or a longer-term deal.  If he doesn’t find something he likes, the Cubs could always bring him back under a 1-year club-friendly deal.  Johnson was a fan favorite at the friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, so it would not be horrible to have him back – as long as the 33-year old is healthy.

The only other Cubs outfielder on the roster is Sam Fuld.  Fuld is a scrappy player who excels at defense.  He can play all 3 outfield positions.  In 65 major league games for the Cubs in 2009, Fuld batted .299.  Fuld also hit .284 at Triple-A Iowa during the season (84 games).

I like either Dye or Johnson.  Dye is a good veteran presence and a good teammate in the locker room.  Not having to play everyday could also prolong his strength during the long MLB season (he will be 36 when the season starts).  Johnson seems like a good fit too.  Nady seems like more of a long-shot given the surgery – not sure he’ll even be ready by Spring Training…

Come on Jim (Hendry) let’s get something done here…

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Sam Fuld in Center Field in 2010?

Posted on 25 November 2009 by Lou

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Unlikely, but Sam Fuld should get a decent look at the Cubs 2010 center fielder.  Fuld is a scrappy player who gives 110% each and every day.  After not appearing on the Cubs major league roster during the 2008 MLB schedule, Fuld played in 65 games in 2009.  He only got 97 at-bats in a reserve role, but he batted .299 with a .409 on-base percentage.  Fuld is a patient hitter (17 walks) who doesn’t strike out a lot (10 K’s).  He doesn’t have a lot of pop in his bat or RBI production capabilities (1 HR, 2 RBI’s) which is something that Manager Lou Pinella desires, but he will get on base and isn’t a liability in the field at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs are also trying to work our a deal with Reed Johnson who is a free agent.  To have Johnson as the starting center fielder with Fuld as the 4th outfielder would be an ideal situation for Pinella and the Cubs.  It’s unclear if GM Jim Hendry will be able to work out a suitable deal with Johnson who is looking for a longer-term commitment.

There have been calls for minor league prospect Tyler Colvin to get a shot at the center field job in 2010, but he still has some minor league development that will take precedence in 2010.

So while I don’t think that Fuld will earn the starting center field job in Spring Training 2010, look for Fuld to get a lot of playing time in 2010.

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