Hendry's outfielder search continues
GM says versatile right-handed bat would suit team best
MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs have one week remaining before the regular season starts, and general manager Jim Hendry said he's still looking for a backup outfielder.
The Cubs would like someone versatile enough to play all three outfield positions, but the perfect fit would be a right-handed bat who could sub in center field. Hendry made it clear that's what he wanted this offseason.
"I think you have to put that on me, before Opening Day," Hendry said Monday, "because I made the decision not to do that in the winter and to see what we have and what trade options we have, and that there'd be bigger deals and evaluate it, and now it's time for me to deliver, to be honest.
"We could play with what we have," he said. "I would feel better about my contributions to the club in Spring Training, if we could add somebody before Opening Day. We'll be fine with what we have. I made the philosophical decision to wait until now, and I think I need to get that done."
The Cubs have looked at Texas' Marlon Byrd, who started in right field on Monday against them, but were believed to be leaning more toward Reed Johnson, who was released by the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. He batted .236 last year with the Blue Jays, but was bothered by a back problems.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.