With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on the likes of lefty-hitting Nick Johnson — if the medicals look good enough — for first base and is keeping an eye on former Cub Kerry Wood‘s status for a possible bullpen job.
This makes sense. The Cubs are looking to cut payroll a little and Johnson’s stock is probably at an all-time low right now. If he can stay healthy he might be a decent pick up, but that’s a pretty big if. A situation the Yankees aren’t even likely to entertain.
It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out with him and the Yankees the second time around. It would have been nice to have their own former prospect comeback and contribute.