MLB trade rumors, http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/02/the-remaining-f.html, noted that Grudzielanek is still looking for work. I was a fan of his when he was with the Cubs in '03-'04, and I started wondering if he could be the righty bat who could back up Lee and Ramirez. If he can play second, surely he could play first and third, right?
I seem to remember that he upset Cubs management before the '04 season when he complained publicly about taking a pay cut to stay with the team. Assuming there's no bad blood -- there may be -- why not sign Grudz to something like half of the guaranteed money Orlando Hudson got?
Remember -- when the Cubs got Grudzielanek before '03, he was behind Bobby Hill for the starting second-base job. Grudz was huge for the '03 team, and played well, despite injuries, in '04.
I'll note that I'm only for this if he comes at a bargain, but I think he might. The only reason I see the Cubs not being interested, other than price, is the fact that he might not be a good enough pinch-hitter.
The other question is whether Grudzielanek would accept a reserve job ..
And don't flame me if this has already been discussed. I searched for Grudzielanek's name and nothing recent came up.