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February 2006



Another member of the walking wounded

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Today the Cubs inked former Cards P Jason Simontacchi to a minor league deal. In case you were wondering why you haven’t heard much out of Jason recently he is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder.

Okay, so we like to take chances on players recovering from injuries do we? Not counting Cubs who are hurt, we have in the past two years signed the following players despite rather serious injuries: Ryan Dempster, Chad Fox, Jody Gerut, Jerry Hairston Jr., Scott Williamson, Wade Miller, Marquis Grissom and now Jason Simontacchi. And a partridge in a pear tree…

Now I’m not against taking an occasional gamble on a guy that’s trying to resurrect his career and I know these guys are cheap. But wouldn’t it be much better if we were developing young talent and trying them instead? My sense is that the Cubs are becoming an older ballclub faster than the aging process is taking it’s toll on my 49 year old body. In fact, it’s highly likely that we will begin the season with one of the oldest rosters in baseball.

So again I must question the direction our decision-makers have chosen for the franchise. I know Dusty Baker likes veteran ballclubs but we’re starting to look like the Cubs Cripple Club fer cryin’ out loud!

Rotoworld had an interesting post regarding Juan Pierre:

The Cubs will let Juan Pierre decide whether there will be any discussions about a multiyear deal this spring.

Pierre, who signed a one-year deal yesterday, is eligible for free agency at the end of the year. “Both sides feel this will be a place where Juan is happy,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “We’ll leave it up to Juan’s side if they want to sit down in the spring.” Feb. 3 – 2:08 pm et
Source: Chicago Tribune

I’m not getting this – will someone please clarify the Cubs’ strategy and explain to me what is wrong with the concept of Hendry calling Pierre’s agent and saying that it would be nice to discuss a contract?