12/16 Cubs keep eye on Escobar
The Cubs sent a scout to watch Kelvim Escobar throw in Venezuela. The right-hander had surgery in 2008 to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He won 18 games in 2007 but has been limited to one game over the last two in the big leagues because of shoulder problems. Other teams watching Escobar throw included the Rays, Brewers, Giants, Pirates, Tigers, Mariners and A’s.
The Cubs are looking for some experience in the bullpen, and also were talking to the agent for Matt Capps, the Pirates closer who was not tendered a contract on Saturday.
— Carrie Muskat