The Chicago Cubs have three new names on their radar. The first one is Joe Beimel. The Cubs have gained some interest in free agent relievers since the market is making them very affordable. The Cubs may go for Biemel, but only if Marshall is inserted in the rotation according to some Cub sources. Biemel would be a nice late inning lefty reliever for the Cubs and now is said to only cost 1 year about 1 million dollars. The only downfall is that he is a type B free agent so the Cubs could try to swing a sign and trade deal for him.
Another name that suddenly appeared on the Cubs radar is Bobby Crosby according to sources. This is very surprising considering his low Avg. and OBP but for the right price I can see it. The Cubs are keeping their eye out on a lot of players that could be on the block and Crosby is just another one on the Cubs radar. The Cubs view Crosby as a super utility guy even though he has said he wants to be the starting SS somewhere. The other thing is curious is that he has only played SS in his career and somewhat injury prone. If the Cubs could get him for a PTBNL and have the A's pay almost all of the 5.5 million he is owed this season, I do it. Otherwise I do not understand it.
The Cubs are also keeping an eye on Ryan Raburn. Raburn could be the ideal guy for the Cubs considering he can play everywhere and basically has. He does not have tremendous speed but does have a good glove, young, and cheap. He could fit the bill for the utility guy on the Cubs 25 man roster.