Having announced that Sam Fuld is penciled in as the clubs fifth outfielder, the Cubs are still in search of a corner outfielder, preferably one that can play a little first. Today it was announced that the Diamondbacks have released Eric Byrnes; this means that the hard-hitting but frequently injured Byrnes could be had for the major league minimum.
I like this possibility – the Cubs are looking for a bat off the bench and someone who can spell Soriano and Fukudome occasionally in the corners. I certainly like it better than the possibility of getting Baldelli, there was some speculation about that reported on Rotoworld. Byrnes has one year remaining on his contract and would be a free agent after 2010. In other words, no strings attached.
Also in the news it is being reported that former Cubs outfielder Jim Edmonds is staging a comeback. Edmonds will be 40 in June and might be worth a look – he didn’t play at all in 2009 but had a very respectable year in 2008. I felt that Jim was a good Cub after coming over from the arch enemy Cards; it took a while for the fans to warm to him but he was humble and had some clutch hits. Given budget constraints it might be worth an invite to spring training and an incentive-based contract should he make the team.