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Cubs bring back Reed Johnson

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Cubs bring back Reed Johnson

This wont cause any huge ripple effects throughout the industry, but it will still be popular in the bleachers and within the clubhouse.

Keeping in line with Theo Epsteins quiet, methodical offseason, the Cubs made another incremental move on Tuesday, officially bringing back Reed Johnson on a one-year, 1.15 million deal.

When healthy not always a given because of his all-out style of play Johnson is an ideal extra outfielder.

Johnson was forced to take a minor-league deal last winter and made the team out of spring training. He wound up hitting .309 and appearing in 111 games for the Cubs last season. He finished with 22 doubles, five homers, 33 runs scored and 28 RBI.

Johnson also remembers what it was like in 2008, when he was a piece to a Cubs team that won 97 games and turned every day at Clark and Addison into a block party.

The 35-year-old brings a veteran presence to the room and could help mentor 2009 first-round pick Brett Jackson, who might be roaming the Wrigley Field outfield as soon as this summer.

For an organization trying to improve clubhouse culture and develop young players, Johnson is a fit.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.