Cubs have interest in their lone free agent

Now that the World Series has ended, the free agent season begins, and for the Chicago Cubs there is at least one area of the process that won't be so complicated.

All eligible players immediately become free agents once the World Series ends, and the only player that fits that description for the Cubs is reliever Shawn Camp. The right-hander was added to the organization toward the end of spring training and ended up leading the pitching staff in appearances with 80.

"It's amazing there is only one major-league free agent on the roster," president Theo Epstein said.

At age 36, Camp was not only a workhorse, he posted a respectable 3.59 ERA over 77 2/3 innings. The Virginia native had a career-high 18 holds, pitched two innings an outing seven times and had a 1.95 ERA on the road.

"We're going to talk to him about a possible return," Epstein said. "I thought he did a real nice job for us, and he's a great guy to have around."

Where things will get complicated is with additions from outside the organization. The Cubs removed 10 players from the 40-man roster just last week alone so they are clearing roster space for potential signings.

The list of players taken off the 40-man includes: Joe Mather, Manny Corpas, Adrian Cardenas and Justin Germano. Chris Volstad was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals.