A report from Cubs.com, said yesterday pitcher Rich Harden and outfielder Reed Johnson have filed for free agency among 79 players who filed yesterday. Harden who is projected as a type B free agent while Johnson is bot projected as a type A or B. The Cubs said they would like to have Johnson back but don't like that he has back problems and the Cubs have Sam Fuld who is a cheaper option. There have been reports that the Cubs will not bring back or even offer arbitration to Harden because he is injury prone.
The Cubs still do have 14 more day to work out a contract with either Harden or Johnson.
Well Hendry did talk to Harden agent and with the injury to Lilly, will they sign him, I sure hope so. I do not want to go into the season with Samardzija in there rotation.
Other players who are free agents for the Cubs are Gregg, Grabow and Fox. The Cubs will probably sign Grabow to a 2 year contract in a short while and Gregg and Fox will not be back.
Other Notes: Jon Heyman said yesterday that the Cubs are not the front runners for IF Chone Figgins or P John Lackey but the wild cards for both. The Cubs are not expected to get into a bidding war with either players. I rally do not see the Cubs signing either player because of there price.