WHY DON’T THEY LIKE TODD WALKER?
It makes no sense to me. Todd Walker is a left-handed hitting middle infielder with some pop in his bat and he hits for average and gets on-base. Look around. Tell me how many of those you find. But the Cubs consider him to be more of a flea than an asset to a club that struggled to score runs last year.
Says GM Jim Hendry: “Right now we have three second basemen. And if that’s the way we go to camp, it’s up to the three of them to compete for playing time.”
What? For starters that doesn’t exactly increase his trade value. 3 options besides Walker. Cedeno, Hairston and Perez. Cedeno is a shortstop. I’ve no idea why they would move him there. More likely it would be the human out-machine, Neifi Perez. Or Hairston, of whom I’m a fan and it is his natural position.
How’s about a novel idea: defensive replacement in the later innings. Or when he doesn’t start you have Walker’s bat off the bench. Now all of the sudden they like Hairston? And do I have to reiterate that Neifi ended up with an OBP of less than .300 last year?
Are the Cubs just spitballin’ or am I missing something? If they were to get something of value for him I’d be all for it. But I don’t see that happening.