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You have to wonder whether Reed Johnson going down will change the Cubs’ outfield priorities, but for now, it appears they’re still looking for a corner outfield bat from the left side of the plate.

Specifically, the Cubs have looked into the Royals’ Mark Teahen and the Marlins’ Jeremy Hermida, who were weak blips on the Cubs’ radar early last winter before they zeroed in on Bradley in early November.

The Cubs have looked into the Royals’ Mark Teahen (left) and the Marlins’ Jeremy Hermida as left-handed hitters who can play right field.

With barely a day left before the non-waiver trade deadline Friday, the Cubs weren’t optimistic either one could be acquired, according to a team source. They’re thought to have about $2 million to $3 million of payroll room to work with — which would be the prorated equivalent of about $5 million to $8 million in full-year contract value. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Teahen offers the side bonus of support on the infield. Hermida has been relegated to part-time duty in Miami, so he’s very much available.

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