Is it just me or is the Cubs offseason confusing to anyone else? First it looks like they are going on the cheap and now it looks like they might actually try to make a run at this.
In their latest move they have decided to bring back outfielder Reed Johnson. Details of his contract were not available but it is a minor league deal with an invite to spring training
Johnson, 34, who spent two seasons on the northside before playing for the Dodgers, is a career .281 hitter and can play all three outfield spots. Reed will probably be called on most to backup center fielder Marlon Byrd and be a late game defensive replacement in the corners. With Fuld being traded in the Garza deal his only real competition for the job will be the newly required Fernando Perez.
Johnson is the second former Cub to be welcomed back this offseason along with reliever Kerry Wood.
In other news the team also avoided arbitration with backup catcher Koyie Hill. The deal is for one year and worth $850,000.
So with the team starting to take shape are you encouraged by the moves and still feel it is not enough to get by the Cardinals, Reds and Brewers?