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Source: Cubs in negotiations with Calero

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MIAMI - APRIL 06: Pitcher Kiko Calero #40 of the Florida Marlins pitches against the Washington...
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Jon Paul Morosi

Jon Paul Morosi is a National MLB Writer for FOXSports.com. He previously covered baseball for the Detroit Free Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He began his journalism career at the Bay City Times in his native Michigan. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Cubs are currently engaged in negotiations with free agent reliever Kiko Calero, one major-league source told FOXSports.com.

Calero is asking for a two-year deal, the source said. So far, the team has resisted budging from a one-year offer.

The Cubs are wary of the history of injuries to Calero’s right (throwing) shoulder. He was sidelined by a torn rotator cuff in 2008, when he made only five big-league appearances with Oakland. His 60 innings with Florida last year were a career high, but he missed roughly three weeks with inflammation in the shoulder.

Calero, 35, is an intriguing free agent after putting together a very good 2009 season with the Marlins. He went 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 67 appearances.

While the Cubs are committed to Carlos Marmol as their closer, they have placed a high priority on adding a late-inning reliever, sources have said.
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