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Hendry won't be big on big-name free agents


Don't count on Adam Dunn or Cliff Lee -- or even Derrek Lee -- in a Cubs uniform next season.

With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on the likes of lefty-hitting Nick Johnson -- if the medicals look good enough -- for first base and is keeping an eye on former Cub Kerry Wood's status for a possible bullpen job.

The Cubs' offseason priorities are adding a starting pitcher, a right-handed reliever and a first baseman.

Hendry, who is in Arizona for the team's annual organizational meetings in preparation for the GM meetings later this month, would not comment on his interest in Wood or any other potential targets.

''Everyone knows I have a wonderful relationship with Kerry, and that will be a life-lasting one,'' he said. ''But to get into specifics now ... would be foolish.''

Hendry said he hasn't been given a payroll budget yet from chairman Tom Ricketts, but Ricketts has said for months payroll will drop from last year's opening figure of $146 million.

More than $100 million already is committed to players under contract -- including third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who's in the process of exercising his $14.6 million player option for 2011.

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