Thursday, January 04, 2007

Cubs Interested in Free Agent Newhan

Man, things are slow in Cubsville. But I did find one somewhat, kind of interesting piece of news. It was buried in an article in the Newark Star-Ledger where is said that both the Mets and Cubs are interested in signing FA David Newhan.

Newhan is a 33-year old outfielder who played last season with the Orioles. In 39 games he hit .252 with 4 HR and 18 RBI. He has a career batting average of .256 with 20 HR and 102 RBI.

This is the first I have heard about the Cubs having interest in Newhan. In fact, it is the first time I have heard Newhan’s name mentioned all off-season. I’m not sure what interest the Cubs would have in the former Oriole. They already have Angel Pagan and Daryle Ward competing for the 4th outfielder spot. Cliff Floyd has long been rumored to be joining that mix. I’m not sure why the Cubs would want to add another name to that competition.

But when things are slow, I’m happy to learn anything new about the Cubs. So if they have an interest in David Newhan, then let the speculation begin.

In other big, exciting, off-season news, the Cubs avoided arbitration with P Neal Cotts by signing him to a 1-year/$825,000 contract. If the Cubs make it to the World Series and Cotts is named WS MVP, he will earn a $150,000 bonus. I truly hope this is something we all have to worry about.

The signing of Cotts is good for everyone involved. Cotts gets a fair deal, the Cubs avoid arbitration, and it happened early enough so it is not a distraction to anyone. Most importantly, it gives me something to write about. And after all, isn’t that what the Cubs are all about?


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