The Cubs signed Glendon Rusch to a 2 year, 6 million dollar contract
Let’s hope this move by the Cubs isn’t the last shoe that drops. This isn’t a bad move by the Cubs, just a little underwhelming. Rusch pitched well enough as a starter last year (once his manager finally figured out that he was terrible out of the bullpen) and will likely have the 5th starter’s job next year, as long relievers don’t generally make $3 million a year. It also reveals a little more about the Cubs offseason plans. First of all, the rumor that the Cubs would be chasing free agent pitcher AJ Burnett can be put to rest. Second, the Cubs aren’t expecting the pitching rich farm system that Andy McPhail is so proud of to produce a starter any time soon. Particularly disappointing is the situation surrounding Angel Guzman, who nearly made the team out of spring training in 2003. Since then, Guzman has been riddled with injuries, and although he is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League, the Cubs don’t seem to expect him to be on their starting staff anytime soon. Perhaps Jim Hendry will now consider trading this once untouchable prospect before he becomes old enough to join the AARP.

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