THOSE CONFUSING CUBS
The recent Cubs moves confuse me…for now. There best be a trade on the horizon. With Theriot, Fontenot and Cedeno already in house, there is absolutely no need for Aaron Miles. And for a team supposedly trying to save money, why would you give Miles almost 5 million over 2 years? Succinctly put: he’s just not very good.
If I’m Mike Fontenot, I sure hope I’m headed to San Diego to be the everyday 2nd baseman in a Jake Peavy deal. Because I would be irate. Fontenot turned on the power last year, made only one error in 80+ games and had an OPS of .914. He also has 4 years on Miles. Am I missing something? Is it the ‘grinder’ factor? It doesn’t get more gritty and grindy then Mike Fontenot.
Someone seems excited about this move: Paul Sullivan. Apparently he also thinks Dusty Baker is still the manager of the Cubs from his projected opening day lineup. If that’s the opening day lineup then shoot me now and buy me an Astros hat. If the idea is to get on-base about half as much as Fontenot and Fukudome, then Sullivan has it nailed. Gathright is a 25th man, period. I question Sullivan’s state of mind if he actually pencils him into any starting lineup. If he’s merely predicting what he thinks the Cubs will do, then pray that he is wrong.
There can’t be enough said about the great strides the Cubs have made over the last decade. But if it ends up this way–with Miles a starter and Fontenot a bench player–then the Cubs have yet again failed to give a fair shot to a younger player that has been with them, and even helped them get to the playoffs.
But if the Cubs make the moves that many now expect them to make–get Peavy and sign Bradley–then maybe the Miles signing makes sense.