Hoping against hope (and logic) that Jeromy Burnitz can strike out less than 200 times next season, the Cubs are close to an agreement with the free-swinging former Mets/Rockies/Brewers/Dodgers/Indians outfielder.

Though Burnitz’ 2004 production compared favorably to that of the departed Sammy Sosa, the latter didn’t have the advantage of playing 81 games at Coors Field.