The Chicago Cubs continue to look for a top-flight right-handed hitting outfielder, a bullpen pitcher and a veteran starter.
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Luke Gregerson is someone the Padres might be willing to trade.
Ongoing conversations continue with San Diego and Toronto. Both teams have bullpen pitchers to trade.
Off the free agent list, the Cubs have begun to look past outfielder Jemaine Dye, who must decide whether to take a 60 percent cut in pay or retire. Dye was recently hoping to sign with the Texas Rangers before Vladimir Guerrero signed a $6 million deal.
Other free-agent outfielders the Cubs have interest in include Reed Johnson, Xavier Nady and Rick Ankiel. Nady is an intriguing possibility because of his past power numbers. The former Yankee, Padre and Pirate has had two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow.
The Cubs also have a had a few talks with agent Jamie Torres, who represents former White Sox starter Jose Contreras. The team talked to the agent for reliever Kiko Calero, but they have no interest in him at this point.
Although the Cubs are looking for right-handed outfield help, they will keep their eye on the left-handed hitting Ankiel. The former St. Louis center fielder is coming off a season in which he hit .233, and he and his agent Scott Boras have watched his stock and asking price drop in a slow-moving free-agent market.
The Cubs have three players left to sign who have filed for an arbitration hearing: shortstop Ryan Theriot, left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall and closer Carlos Marmol. Of the three, Theriot is the most likely to go through the process without settling.
The last Cubs player to go through an arbitration hearing was former first baseman Mark Grace in 1993.