Source: Cubs in negotiations with Calero
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.