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hendrycortez.jpgOne of my favorite questions to ask people when we first meet is who their favorite explorer is.

It may seem pretty innocuous, but I contend it reveals a lot about the person.

If they refuse to name one, they're probably pretty boring and lack any sense of adventure.

Columbus is a cliche answer, meaning they usually stick to the company line. Cortez suggests they crave power, Ponce de Leon reflects a desire to remain youthful and Lewis Clark a strong urge to build friendships.

Anyone who says Magellan immediately has something in common with me.

But what kind explorer does Cubs GM Jim Hendry fancy himself as?

After an offseason that's already seen the Cubs sign Milton Bradley, ship away Mark DeRosa and miss out on the Jake Peavy sweepstakes, Hendry vows the club will continue to explore other options.

"Hendry said the Cubs will still explore acquiring a fifth starter, a slot that could be filled in-house by Sean Marshall, Chad Gaudin or maybe even promising young right-hander Jeff Samardzija, the former Notre Dame wide receiver.

The Cubs talked with San Diego about a trade for pitcher Jake Peavy but a deal has not developed. Chicago is also in the market for a backup catcher -- preferably a left-handed hitter -- for NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto, after Henry Blanco was not re-signed.

"We're going to see if we can do something before we get to camp. How significant that is, we don't know," Hendry said. "Nothing really imminent. We feel good about where we're at. We could go to camp now and feel good about it, but we'll continue to stay active if we can."

What moves, if any, would you like to see the Cubs make as they head into the 2009 season? And more importantly, who's your favorite all-time explorer?

Hendry says Cubs will keep exploring moves   (Sun-Times)

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