The Cubs and right-hander Bobby Howry have agreed to terms on a three-year, $12 million contract, pending a physical.
It's quite a bit of money, Howry could be a better reliever than Ryan Dempster over the next three years, assuming his arm woes are in the past. Still, Dempster is the closer. Howry and Scott Eyre will share setup duties in a pen that will also include Scott Williamson, Michael Wuertz and Will Ohman. If Kerry Wood is healthy at the start of the season, one more spot will go to either Glendon Rusch or Jerome Williams. So, it's not looking good for Roberto Novoa, Jermaine Van Buren, Todd Wellemeyer, Sergio Mitre, Rich Hill or any of the Cubs' other useful young arms