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Cubs exploring trade targets for center field

Dec 27, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT

More from Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune:

The Cubs clearly aren’t blown away by any of the center fielders on the free
agent market, preferring to explore trades. One name to file away is Fernando Perez.

Perez, who turns 27 in April, owns a
.289/.375/.402 batting line in parts of six minor league seasons with
the Rays organization. A switch-hitter, Perez is blessed with supreme
speed — 199 stolen bases in 584 minor league games — but he has yet to find a real opportunity on the major league
level. He was limited to just 35 games between the minors and the
majors last season due to a broken left wrist suffered during an attempted diving catch in spring
training. He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in October, an injury likely caused by the same play, but
he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2010 season.

It would be a nice move for general
manager Jim Hendry in the sense that the Cubs wouldn’t have to add much
payroll to an already bloated outfield, but since Perez is under team
control through 2013, it would probably cost them a premium prospect. The club remains linked to Marlon Byrd, Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel in free agency.

  1. Grant - Dec 27, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    The Orioles have this pretty good young center fielder by the name of Pie that the Cubs might be interested in…oh wait…

  2. Old Gator - Dec 27, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    And they think Jason Bay wouldn’t want to play at Shea…er, Fatcat Field in Flushing? Hell, whoever finds himself “targeted” to play center at Wrigley is gonna feel like he’s gotten underneath a predator drone.

  3. Mike - Dec 28, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Sounds like a good move IMHO. The Cubs could use some more speed.

  4. jacoby - Dec 28, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    the latest rumor here
    is Ellsbury on the Cubs is to work a three way trade with the Padres where Adrian Gonzalez is sent to the Red Sox netting the Padres two top Cubs prospects like Josh Vitters, Had-Ju Lee, Andrew Cashner, and Jay Jackson. It is in also my spectulation that the Red Sox would also include Clay Buchholz in a deal as well.

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