The Cubs have been the most active team heading into the New Year, but they have one more big move to go in the coming days, and that is to sign a rightfielder. Their target is Milton Bradley.
While the Cubs deserve the night off after signing second baseman Aaron Miles and trading infielder Mark DeRosa to the Indians for three pitching prospects, the Cubs will soon try to sign Bradley. They saved some money by dealing starter Jason Marquis on Wednesday, and also by replacing DeRosa with Miles, and perhaps that will give them the room they need to add a productive right fielder -- namely, Bradley. The Cubs have considered Bobby Abreu and perhaps Adam Dunn, as well, but with the shaky Alfonso Soriano in leftfield, they'd prefer a better defensive player in right field.
Bradley, who hit .321 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs while resurrecting his career and reputation with Texas, has been seeking a three-year deal. Had his rep been spotless, though, he might have been able to get five years or more, based on his recent productivity. He led the American League in 2008 in on-base percentage (.436) and OPS (.999).