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Cubs Showing Interest In Jonny Gomes

(CBS) Now that left-hander Jon Lester is coming to Chicago's North Side, the Cubs have a couple of his former teammates on their radar for smaller moves as the Winter Meetings are set to come to a conclusion Thursday.

The Cubs are showing interest in free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes and catcher David Ross, two players who were a part of the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox alongside Lester.

The 37-year-old Ross was Lester's personal catcher of sorts in the past two seasons in Boston before Lester was traded to Oakland last July. Ross hit .184 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 50 games in 2014.

The Cubs would likely want to move catcher Welington Castillo before a potential add of Ross, as they just traded for Miguel Montero to be their starter. Chicago has reportedly had trade talks involving Castillo.

Gomes was moved with Lester in the deal to the Athletics. He hit .234 with six homers and 37 RBIs in 2014.

In Jorge Soler, Arismendy Alcantara, Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano, the Cubs have options in the outfield but also question marks. And new manager Joe Maddon is quite fond of Gomes, having managed him previously in Tampa Bay.

"I've got a man crush on him," Maddon said at the Winter Meetings, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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