The Cubs will be making a roster move today. Jim Hendry wouldn’t say who or what the move would be, be he did say they would make one before the game tonight to shore up the pen. Here are some possibilities to wet your appetite.
Option 1 – Trading Jacque Jones is probably everyone’s hope, but if we do, what are we really getting back. We’re certainly not getting bullpen help for him. I have mixed feelings about moving Jones for a couple reasons. First, he hits left handed and runs above average. Those are two things that can be valuable off the bench. He can also play all three outfield positions in a pinch. Yes, he’s not hitting, but he’s always hit in the past, so he can be a contributor off the bench.
Option 2 – DFA Jacque Jones. I’m tired of hearing this option being mentioned. I really don’t think people understand what DFA means. As soon as the Cubs DFA Jones, it gives them 10 days to decide what to do with him. They would have options of either trading him, outright releasing him (and paying for the rest of his contract this year and next year up front in one lump sum), or hoping he’ll clear waivers and offer him the chance to go to Iowa, which he’d be silly to do. How do we win by doing this? When you force yourself into a corner to make a move, you never get anything even decent in return. Teams won’t deal with us at that point seriously when they know they can get Jones for nothing in 10 days.
Option 3 – Sending down Ryan Theriot is an option people are floating around now that Mike Fontenot seems to be playing so well. This option surfaced when it was reported yesterday that he was taking grounders at SS. Hendry said today when he was interviewed that Theriot is not leaving the big league club, so that option is all but squashed.
Option 4 – Option Angel Pagan to Iowa is another option for the Cubs to consider. On the surface, it would drop them down to four outfielders on the active roster, but with DeRosa and Ward capable of playing out there, it would be safe enough. The problem is that Pagan is actually producing as a backup outfielder and to demote him would weaken the bench.
That puts the Cubs in a bit of a quandary. If you exercise option 3 or 4, your options for who you recall from Iowa or Tennessee are limited to just 40 man roster guys. That gives you the following choices off the 40 man roster:
What I’d like to see happen is for the Cubs to deal Jones for minor league talent, freeing up a 40 man roster spot. Use that spot to add Carmen Pignatiello to the mix and promote him. Place Ryan Dempster on the 15 day DL retroactive to June 23rd and promote Neal Cotts to fill the void of a long relief man. This gives the Cubs a long relief guy they need in Cotts and a new arm in Pignatiello, who likens himself to a young Jamie Moyer.
As always, we’ll keep you updated in the event that the Cubs are actually courteous enough to announce there moves earlier than 5 minutes before game time tonight.
Side Note – The Cubs signed RHP Bret Prinz and stationed him in Iowa. He pitched last night and got a scoreless inning of work in.