Earlier this week (or maybe it was last week, I’ve really stopped paying attention), Theo said something like “Free agents want to play for the Cubs.” At which point I smiled at him sadly, patted him on his graying head, and said, “Of course they do, Fancypants.”
But it turns out that Theo was right! At least one free agent wants to play for the Cubs! Who is this brave man of indomitable spirit who will grace the North Side with his mighty heart? Why, it’s Nate Schierholtz!
“NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Cubs made a move to improve their outfield depth Wednesday when they signed Nate Schierholtz to a one-year, $2.25 million deal.
Schierholtz, who turns 29 in February, fits the mold the Cubs regime created last winter. He’s inexpensive and can be flipped at the trading deadline, as the Giants did with him last July when they sent him to the Phillies in the Hunter Pence deal.
A left-handed hitter, Schierholtz has a .270 career average with 24 home runs and 123 RBIs. He batted .257 with the Phillies and Giants last year, with six homers and 21 RBIs.”
Granted, I’m not sure the 28-year old Schierholtz, who hit .257 in 2012, had as many suitors as reporters would have us believe, but even so. I expect that, absent a red-hot Spring, Schierholtz will be part of a platoon in RF, with DeJesus moving to CF.
But wait! There may be yet another man of a stout heart and iron will, who will be deemed worth of playing for the mighty Cubs. Because the Cubs are still “in” on Mark Reynolds . . among others:
General manager Jed Hoyer said the Cubs still have a “lot of irons still in the fire,” and he feels confident they will get someone who is the right fit at third. Mark Reynolds still is on the radar, although Kevin Youkilis appears out of their price range and headed for the Indians.
Casey McGehee’s agent, Barry Meister, said the former Brewers protege of Cubs manager Dale Sveumwould love to return to his original franchise. But the Cubs haven’t shown interest, and McGehee clearly is a fallback.
Yuniesky Betancourt is also not in their sights, despite rumors. The Cubs are monitoring Ian Stewart, whom they non-tendered last Friday.
I have no doubt that, if Dale had his way, he’d pick up the entire Milwaukee Brewers organization and plunk it down right smack dab in the middle of Clark & Addison. Hey Dale, in case you didn’t get the memo, WE DON’T LIKE THE BREWERS. Quit trying to bring them here. Stop trying to make “Fetch” happen. It’s not going to happen.
And the Cubs are talking to Ryan Dempster (again). And I don’t want to talk about this because it’s only going to make me mad.
Or are they?
I love you, Gordo. You just made my entire week. Maybe my entire year.
We’re keeping a wary eye on Nashville and we’ll update this thread as news breaks.