LAS VEGAS -- Alan Nero, representative for free agent pitcher Randy Johnson, is shopping his client to the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs currently have other priorities right now, starting with finding a left-handed hitter that will diversify a right-handed heavy lineup and attempting to complete a trade to acquire Jake Peavy, but Johnson could represent a slight upgrade to their rotation under the right circumstances.
Among the left-handed hitters the Cubs are seriously looking at are free agents Milton Bradley (switch-hitter) and Raul Ibanez. They've also discussed the possibility of working a trade for Kansas City's David DeJesus.
Johnson, 45, also has been discussed by the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. He was 11-10 with a 3.91 ERA for Arizona last season and, more importantly, made 30 starts and worked 184 innings.
His age and his back always will be an issue, but in, say, somebody's No. 5 rotation slot, Johnson could help. Just five career victories short of milestone No. 300 -- he's 295-160 over his career -- he also could be a short-term help at the gate.
Johnson likely wouldn't be of much interest to the Cubs unless they fail to acquire Peavy and fail to trade Jason Marquis, who is owed more than $9 million in 2009.