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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Quade looks forward to player meetings

By Bruce Levine

CINCINNATI – With two weeks left in the 2011 season, Cubs’ manager Mike Quade said he would meet with most of his players and discuss what he’d like to see them work on in the offseason.

“In my mind it’s a pretty long list,” Quade said of his underachieving ball club. “We’ll talk about offseason programs in the winter or talk about [an] overall composite of their season that they’ve had. The thing I’m happiest about is these guys will work, so if you give them a program and talk to them about what they need to do to improve, they will get after it.”

Quade and his staff may have suggestions, but the coaches, like many of the players, won’t be certain of their status for 2012 until a new GM is hired. In Quade’s case, he has one year left on a two-year, $2 million deal he signed last November. Still, Quade is positive and full of energy looking toward 2012.

“I’d love to see some of my kids go to winter ball,” Quade said. “I don’t care if it’s a fall league or Latin America.”

One of those players Quade wants to see continue to improve is Bryan LaHair, who has been scouted by numerous Japanese teams -- as we pointed out Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Nippon Ham Fighters and the Yomiuri Giants both had talent evaluators at the Cubs-Reds game. Unfortunately, Quade didn’t have LaHair in the lineup.