The Cubs had miserable centerfield defense last year. Lou Piniella loves Mike Cameron. Mike Cameron loves Lou Piniella. Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times says that these two love birds are about to stop pretending and get on with it already:
Center fielder Mike Cameron could take center stage for the Cubs by
the time the winter meetings begin Monday in Indianapolis, depending on
how quickly they can slam the door on Milton Bradley’s tail and how
much room is left in the payroll.
What’s clear is the Cubs’ interest and the strength of manager Lou
Piniella’s relationship with Cameron, who spent the past two seasons
Cameron makes just about any team he plays for better, and the Cubs certainly have a need. Makes all kinds of sense. The only hitch is that, according to Wittenmeyer, Chicago wants to move Milton Bradley first. There are a couple of teams waiting for the Cubs to get desperate on that front and throw in some more money. I would guess that if it means signing a guy they like and finally cutting bait with Bradley, they’ll just bite the bullet, pay up and be done with it.