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1/3 Reed Johnson contract done

The Cubs and Reed Johnson have agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract, the team announced Tuesday. Johnson, 35, batted .309 with 22 doubles, five home runs, 33 runs scored and 28 RBIs in 111 games last season.

— Carrie Muskat


12/21 Reed Johnson returning

The Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Reed Johnson, pending a physical. Johnson, 35, batted .309 in 111 games last season with the Cubs. He’s perfect extra outfielder, great guy in clubhouse and batted .305 vs. left-handed pitchers. FOX Sports reported the agreement; sources have confirmed the deal.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/28 Looking ahead to 2012

The Cubs’ new GM will have some interesting decisions to make. Here’s a breakdown of the team’s financial/contract commitments for 2012:

Who’s under contract for 2012:

Alfonso Soriano ($18 million)
Carlos Zambrano ($18 million)
Marlon Byrd ($6.5 million)
Carlos Marmol ($7 million)
Sean Marshall ($3.1 million)

To be determined:

Ryan Dempster ($14 million player option)
Carlos Pena (owed $5 million, deferred from 2011 contract to January 2012)
John Grabow (free agent)
Jeff Samardzija (club option)
Kerry Wood (free agent, but says will retire if doesn’t re-sign with Cubs)
Rodrigo Lopez (free agent)
Ramon Ortiz (free agent)
Reed Johnson (free agent)

Arbitration eligible:

Matt Garza
Geovany Soto
Jeff Baker
Koyie Hill
Randy Wells
Blake DeWitt

Expected to leave:

Aramis Ramirez ($16 million club option; $2 million buyout)

Note: Players such as Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Tyler Colvin, and Tony Campana are under club control. They don’t have enough service time to qualify for free agency/arbitration.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Cubs lineup

Reed Johnson is starting in right field Wednesday for the Cubs against the Reds and Johnny Cueto. Johnson is 5-for-13 against Cueto. Mike Quade’s other options have not had as many at-bats. Tyler Colvin is 2-for-6 against the Reds right-hander and Bryan LaHair is 1-for-3. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS

Johnson RF

Ramirez 3B

Pena 1B

Soriano LF

Byrd CF

Barney 2B

Soto C

Coleman P

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs head to NYC

After an off day, the Cubs head to New York for a three-game series against the Mets. This weekend also is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Most of the Cubs players said they will avoid going to Ground Zero in New York City this weekend.
The last time Reed Johnson visited the site was July 2000 at the All-Star break. He was playing for Class A Hagerstown at the time, and took his wife to New York. They went with a couple teammates and wanted to see the sights. One of their stops was the Twin Towers, and they went to the observation deck.
“We’ve got pictures from the top,” Johnson said. “It was a little more than one year before [9/11] happened.”
Johnson hasn’t been back.
“When you’ve gone there and seen [the Twin Towers], you don’t have an idea of how big those buildings are until you’re standing next to them or on top of them,” he said.
The Cubs won’t be able to avoid all the attention that New York will get this weekend.
“It always brings back memories and you see stuff in the paper — you see USA Today and they’re featuring the children of 9/11,” Johnson said. “Especially when you have your own kids, you realize what that did to so many families. On 9/11, it’s great to remember those people, but you wish it would carry farther into the year and not just on that date. I just hope it doesn’t lose it’s importance.”
He’d like to visit the memorial being built where the Twin Towers once stood.
“If we go back there on a different day, I’d go back to see the site,” he said. “I’m sure it will be crazy and tough to get around.”
— Carrie Muskat

8/26 Cubs lineup

Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker, who are batting .355 and .340, respectively, against left-handers, are in the Cubs’ lineup Friday for the first game of a three-game set against the Brewers and southpaw Randy Wolf. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

SS Castro

2B Barney

3B Ramirez

1B Baker

C Soto

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

RF Johnson

P Lopez

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Cubs lineup

Starlin Castro is back in the Cubs lineup Tuesday night and leading off against the Braves and lefty Mike Minor. Castro was benched on Monday for his defensive lapse on Sunday night. Mike Quade has inserted Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker vs. Minor. They’re hitting .370 and .351 against lefties, respectively. The Cubs as a team are batting .271 against left-handers, second highest in the NL. Here’s the lineup:

SS Castro

RF Johnson

3B Ramirez

2B Baker

1B Pena

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

P Coleman

— Carrie Muskat

7/27 Extra bases

Kerry Wood was back with the team Wednesday, recovered from his bout with a virus, and available. The right-hander has not pitched since July 20. He posted a 1.38 ERA in his first 13 appearances and has a 4.91 ERA in his last 20. However, outfielder Reed Johnson was still bothered by his back, and not available Wednesday. He has not played since Saturday.

* Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Pena are both in a funk. Soriano did not start Wednesday. He’s batting .171 (12-for-70) in July after hitting .265 in June. He has one home run in his last 32 games — July 22.

“He hasn’t been able to be consistent,” Quade said of Soriano. “It’s been a tough run for him. We’ll give him a mental day off, or at least won’t start him, and give Blake [DeWitt] a needed game.”

Pena entered Wednesday’s game 0-for-15, and batting .219 overall.

“He goes through these things,” Quade said of his first baseman. “Hitters go through this a lot and I don’t think it’s unique to Carlos. Nobody works harder than him on his swing.”

* Quade is a proponent of instant replay or possibly challenge flags, like coaches use in the NFL, to get close calls like the one that ended the Pirates-Braves game correct.

“The question I had is if you went to a challenge flag system, would you still have the flag in your pocket in the 19th at 2 in the morning?” Quade said Wednesday about the 19-inning marathon game, which the Braves won on a controversial play at the plate.

Quade is an advocate of instant replay in football and would support something similar in baseball. That said, he doesn’t want 15 replays a night.

“[The umpires] don’t want to get those calls wrong,” he said. “They’re bearing down and these things are going to happen. If you have the ability to correct it, in some sort of form that doesn’t have us all here for five hours, maybe you look into that.”

* Edwin Jackson, whom the Cardinals acquired Wednesday in a three-team multi-player deal with the Blue Jays and White Sox, will open the Chicago-St. Louis series on Friday. Kyle Lohse will start Saturday. Jackson was the winning pitcher when the White Sox beat the Cubs, 6-4, on July 1 at Wrigley Field in an Interleague game. He gave up four runs on five hits over six innings, including a home run by Aramis Ramirez.

— Carrie Muskat

7/26 Extra bases

Kerry Wood did not make the trip to Miller Park but stayed in Chicago to deal with flu-like symptoms.Wood was too ill to get on the team bus for the start of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Brewers. Jeff Samardzija will likely fill Wood’s role as the right-handed set-up pitcher.

Catcher Koyie Hill, who had similar symptoms on Sunday, was back and healthy. However, the Cubs were without outfielder Reed Johnson, whose back was stiff and sore, which made him unavailable on Sunday.

“Right now, it’s OK,” Johnson said of his back. “I’ll probably give it a day or so and make sure it’s moving in the right direction and if not, then we’ll have to make a decision as to what to do with me. If things keep moving in the right direction then I won’t have to go on the [disabled list]. That’s always the goal.”

* GM Jim Hendry and his staff were in Chicago to monitor moves heading into Sunday’s Trade Deadline. Manager Mike Quade is staying focused on the current roster. The Cubs began play Tuesday 12 games back in the National League Central. That doesn’t deter Quade.

“Why not?” he said as the team began a 10-game trip against the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates. “What if we win 10 out of 12 — who knows?

“It’s an interesting division,” Quade said. “What are there, 60 games left? Let’s go play ’em and see. Daunting task, four clubs in front of you, not having played well, but why not?”

Does that mean Quade wants to the Cubs to be active and make some deals?

“That’s not my business,” he said. “My business is to see if we can beat [Chris] Narveson tonight.

“Time will take care of all the prognostications,” Quade said. “I’m not a lunatic. There’s a lot of work to do ahead of us but we’re playing the right clubs and let’s see if we can’t put something together.”

* Quade and several players took part in the 15th annual Ron Santo golf tournament on Monday to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Quade didn’t golf but rode in a cart around the Kemper Lakes course with Santo’s wife, Vickie and “antagonized” the other golfers. Santo, the popular Cubs radio broadcaster and third baseman, died in December 2010. The Cubs will honor Santo when they unveil a statue of him at Wrigley Field on Aug. 10.

— Carrie Muskat

7/14 Cubs Inbox

It’s been tough to sqeeze the Cubs Inbox onto, so I’ll try to keep up here. Send your questions to and please include your name and hometown.

Q: With Bryan LaHair crushing the ball in Triple-A and Carlos Pena struggling with consistency, are the Cubs giving any thought to bringing LaHair up to the big league team? — Nick I., Evansville, IN

A: LaHair could get a look depending on what happens at the trade deadline. Pena has drawn interest from teams in contention (Angels, for example). LaHair will likely be up in September when rosters expand.

Q: I don’t understand why Darwin Barney was moved to the No. 8 spot. He hit .290 in the two-hole. I see the logic in the move when Fukudome is in the lineup but when Reed Johnson is, I don’t get it. Johnson has a career .341 OBP, identical to Castro’s. I realize Johnson is hot right now but what’s going to happen when he cools off? Ryan S., Rochester, MI

A: There’s a couple reasons. One, Barney is coming back from a knee injury. If he’s batting second, he’ll be expected to run more. They’re trying to avoid stress on the knee. Two, Starlin Castro has done better hitting one-two. With Fukudome doing well as the leadoff man, moving Castro up a notch seems to help him. Three, Barney can help turn the lineup over in the bottom of the order. His role changes depending on pinch-hitters behind him. As for Johnson, his starts are primarily against lefties.

Q: I was looking through some of the Cubs’ Minor League rosters and was happy to see Angel Guzman has logged innings at Daytona and Peoria. I also noticed he’s starting each game he appeared in. Are the Cubs grooming him to be a starter again or is this part of his rehab? — Henry F., Batavia, IL

A: Guzman, coming back from shoulder surgery, is starting in the Minor Leagues as part of his rehab. It’s easier to control when he can pitch if he starts the game rather than having him enter a game in relief. This way, he’s guaranteed two innings, or however many pitches they are limiting him to. If he returns, it will be as a reliever.

— Carrie Muskat