The Star Ledger
Howry was said yesterday to be nearing a deal with those same Chicago Cubs. A three-year contract worth more than the $11 million the Cubs gave to Eyre. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has left town. No, he is not visiting free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal, at least not yet.
Although Hendry is away for the Thanksgiving holiday, he has his cell phone on, and his next important calls could involve right-handed relief pitcher Bobby Howry, late of the Cleveland Indians.
After signing lefty reliever Scott Eyre last week, Hendry said he may add a right-hander to the bullpen. Like Eyre, Howry is a former White Sox reliever who had an outstanding 2005 season in a setup role.
In 79 games, he was 7-4 with a 2.47 ERA. The numbers get only better from there. In 73 innings, Howry allowed only 49 hits while walking 16 and striking out 48. Howry's WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) was a microscopic 0.89. What's more, left-handed batters hit .180 against the 32-year-old Howry while right-handed batters fared bit better, at .198.
Howry's 29 holds were sixth-best in the major leagues.
The Indians are likely to offer salary arbitration to Howry if he hasn't signed with anybody else by Dec. 7. If the Indians offer arbitration, they would get draft picks for Howry signing with another club.
The Cubs would love to add Howry as an eighth-inning setup man to closer Ryan Dempster. With Eyre coming in from the left side, the Cubs also could slide young pitchers Will Ohman, Michael Wuertz and Roberto Novoa to work in the earlier innings.
Howry's agent, Craig Landis, was not immediately available for comment Monday
Well it looks like are bullpen is fixed now lets get Furcal!!! And then lets go get some outfielders.