The Chicago Park District delayed the opening of the new Wrigley Field skating rink until Saturday, which only seems appropriate considering the Cubs' lack of offseason movement.
Milton Bradley remains on the roster, and the free-agent center fielder that manager Lou Piniella raved about all last week at the winter meetings is off the market. Mike Cameron signed a two-year, $15.75 million deal today with Boston, a price tag the Cubs never came close to matching.
Contrary to rumors, general manager Jim Hendry still will be able to
sign a free-agent center fielder even if he has yet to shed Bradley's
contract. He just has to be more creative. Marlon Byrd remains the
Cubs' top available option, and Coco Crisp has emerged as a possibility
now that the White Sox have acquired Juan Pierre.
Photo: Marlon Byrd remains on the Cubs' free-agent radar. (Ron Jenkins/AP)
Crisp isn't high on the Cubs' list right now, but if they don't get Byrd he may be the most affordable option. Talks with Byrd's agent, Seth Levinson, have been ongoing and nothing is imminent. The Levinson brothers -- Seth and Sam -- are also the agents for Bradley.
As for the Cubs scouting of Cuban flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, they're considered long shots at best in what's expected to be another Boston-Yankees bidding war.