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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

...Same as the Old Boss

The Cubs have made yet another of their patented free-agent signings, paying too much for too long to someone who doesn't deserve it.

31-year-old Mark DeRosa, who had his first solid season last year for Texas, has earned a three-year deal with the Cubs that will pay him $13 million. Undeterred by the crippling long-term deals he gave to Neifi Perez, Glendon Rusch, and Jacque Jones, Cubs GM Jim Hendry has once again shelled out the shekels for a player who has already given the best he's got.

DeRosa's arrival means that Ryan Theriot, who hit .328 in 53 games for the Cubs last year and gave them a low-cost leadoff-hitting possibility, is now reduced to fighting for a utility job with young Ronny Cedeno, who needs consistent at-bats if he is ever to become a solid major league player.

If this is any indication of the Cubs' plan for the future, I think I'll become a Cardinals fan.


Anonymous jamesfinngarner said...

When I saw the name, I asked Who?

When I saw the terms, I asked WTF?

1:54 PM, November 15, 2006

Anonymous Duck said...

Could be worse, Stu. You could have Sean Casey starting at first for a whole year. What's his OPS going to be in that ballpark, .650?

1:51 PM, November 16, 2006

Blogger Stuart Shea said...

Hey, at least Sean Casey has an on-base percentage...

10:17 PM, November 16, 2006

Blogger Cousin said...

So over the weekend they sign Soriano, which is an improvement over Pierre, but if they have $130 mil in the bank wouldn't they have been better overpaying Zito and picking up another decent starter?

11:18 AM, November 20, 2006

Blogger Stuart Shea said...

I would have preferred they used the money to pick up a starter--not necessarily Zito--and given Soriano, if they needed to have him, more money for a shorter time.

8:38 AM, November 21, 2006


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