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Friday, September 30th, 2016

HENDRY KEEPS SPENDING

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Jim Hendry has the ATM stuck on automatic! It’s not a bad move. Just a bit shocking that Mark DeRosa gets 3 years, $13 million and a guaranteed starting job at 2nd Base.

DeRosa has never really done anything of note until last year, when he was a nice player. Before that, his season high for games was 118 and at-bats 309.

Jim Hendry says:

“He got himself to this point, but we feel the best is still to come. This will give him a chance to continue his improvement. … We’ve liked him for a long time, I have to give the Texas Rangers a lot of credit. Rudy is one of the best hitting coaches ever.”

DeRosa will be 32 in February. To count on his continued improvement and ability to be a full-time player at one position is likely wishful thinking. On the flip side, Jim Hendry has buckets of money. Mark DeRosa is a solid insurance policy for 3rd base, the outfield or even 1st.

If I thought this prevented the Cubs from making another move I might be down on it. But suddenly the Cubs have the spending power of the Red Sox or Yankees. And they are simply trying to buy a winner.

If I was a young player getting ready for the annual baseball draft, I think the last thing I’d want to hear is my name preceded by “And the Chicago Cubs select…”. I’m guessing Ryan Theriot feels that way today.

Theriot was dynamite over the last month and a half. Overall he hit .328/.412/.522 and stole 13 bags. Yes, it was only 134 at-bats. But even in the minors he consistently got on-base and then stole them. While Theriot may be somewhat old for a ‘prospect’ at age 25, if Mark DeRosa can keep improving after 30 can’t Theriot do the same at a younger age? And for a mere fraction of the cost?

We might not ever find out.

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  • http://courtjester.livejournal.com Mike O’Donnell

    Please tell me there is no truth to the rumor that the Cubs are interested in JD Drew. I want to go vomitt.

    And ESPN is reporting that they are after Gil Meche. Seriously? The market is awful this year, and the GM’s are trying to spin this propaganda that the average players will push their teams over the top. And that they are all worth 4-6 million a year. Just like your recent post says.
    Madness.

    Where have all the good free-agents gone?

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Hi Mike!

    I think the Cubs are interested in anything that moves. Certainly there are plenty of rumors abound, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cubs has a big interest in Drew.

    I’ve always been a JD Drew fan, but I sure wouldn’t throw him a 5 year deal

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