HENDRY KEEPS SPENDING
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.