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Source: Cubs in negotiations with Calero
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Calero is asking for a two-year deal, the source said. So far, the team has resisted budging from a one-year offer.
The Cubs are wary of the history of injuries to Calero’s right (throwing) shoulder. He was sidelined by a torn rotator cuff in 2008, when he made only five big-league appearances with Oakland. His 60 innings with Florida last year were a career high, but he missed roughly three weeks with inflammation in the shoulder.
Calero, 35, is an intriguing free agent after putting together a very good 2009 season with the Marlins. He went 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 67 appearances.
While the Cubs are committed to Carlos Marmol as their closer, they have placed a high priority on adding a late-inning reliever, sources have said.
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