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June 2006




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Here’s something from the Tribune today that made me mad:

The Cubs are unlikely to eat Glendon Rusch’s contract, which runs through 2007 and has more than $3 million left on it.

Why would that make me mad? I mean, sure Rusch gives up more runs per game than the Bears defense gave up points, but still, you can’t expect a multi-million dollar organization like the Cubs (which is backed by a multi-billion dollar corporation) to simply cut it’s losses on a $3 million dollar contract, right?

the Diamondbacks designated (Russ) Ortiz for assignment. They are preparing to pay him the remaining $22.5 million on the four-year, $33.5 million deal they gave him after the 2004 season.

This was also in the Tribune, in Phil Rogers column. Rogers goes on to mock Arizona’s management crew for their free agent spending prior to the 2005 season, when they acquired Ortiz, Javier Vasquez, Troy Glaus, Royce Clayton and Craig Counsell. Of this group, only Counsell remains with the team. I’m not sure what Rogers point is here. Did the Diamondbacks make some dumb moves, yes. But the fact that they’ve recognized that the moves were bad and taken steps to correct them is part of the reason why they sit only 1 game out of first place in the (admittedly bad)NL West.

Meanwhile, the Cubs assure us that they can win by staying the course, waiting for Lee, Wood, Miller and Prior to return to the lineup and to pre-injury form. Maybe somebody should explain the concept of “Plan B” to Jim Hendry and co.