Yesterday I did relief pitcher options and today I will do outfielder options:
Ryan Spilborghs: Bruce Levine has reported numerous times that the Cubs have talk to the Rockies about trading for him. He will come in and be there 4th outfielder and give days off to Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano and maybe Marlon Byrd. Levine mention today on his weekly chat that the Cubs are still talking to the the Rockies about a trade. In 2009 Spilborghs had a .241 batting average with 8hr and 48rbi in 133 games for the Colorado Rockies. I would only give up Mike Fontenot and David Patton for him because he will only be a 4th outfielder and Mike Fontenot is going to make millions this year and that will save money. Also we have a younger new replacement in Jeff baker. David Patton really has no spot on this team and will probably not make the opening day roster.
Melky Cabrera: There have been multiple reports out there that the Cubs do in fact have interest in a trade for Melky Cabrera. I know he was traded from the Yankees to the Braves but SI.com Jon Heyman suggested that if the Braves do put Cabrera on the block, the Cubs would be interested. I know he will cost a good amount and then Byrd would be a high priced 4th outfielder. The Braves pretty much did the trade to shed a big contract of pitcher Javier Vazquez. In 2009 Cabarea had a .274 average with 13hr and 68rbi in 154 games for the Yankees. The Cubs most likely would have to give up Colvin and a top 5 prospect for him. Would I do that, I don't know.
There have been other names mention this offseason like Ankiel, Pods, and Gardner but with the signing of Byrd, those names are no longer up there.
Tomorrow I will have infielder options if no other story breaks.