The Chicago Tribune's Dave van Dyck lists Kevin Mench as a player on the Cubs' "shopping list," and has this item on available Cubs players:
According to a well-informed source, these are the choices of names Hendry is giving such teams as the Marlins, Reds and Devil Rays, all of whom are seeking young, inexpensive players:
- Sergio Mitre, who spent part of last season with the Cubs and has shown flashes of being very good.
- Jerome Williams, obtained last season for LaTroy Hawkins and who also has shown signs of being good. He was 6-10 with a 4.26 ERA for the Giants and Cubs last season.
- Todd Wellemeyer, who appeared mostly in relief with the Cubs last season but has been a starter in the minors.
- Ricky Nolasco, a promising Double-A pitcher considered a good prospect.