Disciples of Doug Dascenzo

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Just when I think you couldn’t be any more stupid, you go and do something like this… And TOTALLY redeem yourself!

OK, signing Wade Miller to a 1-year, $1 million contract doesn’t totally redeem the fact that Hendry is going into the season with two rookies starting crucial positions, a crappy right fielder, and Neifi Perez still on the roster, but it helps. Miller is another player with a history of injuries, and will likely be out until May recovering from surgery to fix a torn labrum, but this is essentially a win-win situation for the Cubs.

$1 million, in the world of baseball, is dirt cheap, and if Miller can prove he’s healthy, he could be an extremely valuable addition to the starting rotation or even the bullpen. Miller throws in the mid-90s, with a 90 MPH slider, and career numbers of 62-43 with a 3.98 ERA. And he’s only 29. So essentially, we’re looking at a guy very similar to Kerry Wood, and maybe between the two of them the Cubs can get a full season of productivity. If not, it’s a drop in the big bucket known as the Cubs’ 2006 budget.

There are a couple fringe benefits to this signing as well. First, it will force Hendry to trade a guy like Todd Wellemeyer who is a card-carrying member of the Todd Squad, but doesn’t need to be on the Cubs’ roster anymore. It also takes the Cubs out of the derby for the services of Jeff Weaver, who recently turned down a 3-year, $24.5 million offer from the Dodgers. Put simply, Weaver sucks. There’s no way he deserves that kind of money, and it would have been a kick to the nuts to see the Cubs pony over that kind of cash for a guy who will likely go 12-15 with a 4.37 ERA next year.

Overall, this has the potential to be a high-reward, low-cost situation, and if everything works according to plan will put the Cubs in a position to trade excess pitching for a big bat around the trade deadline. Granted, there a lot of “ifs” here, but for $1 million this is still a great deal.

Welcome back, Jimbo. I was getting sick of watching your evil twin run the show.


In other baseball news, the mighty Jose Macias signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan to be their starting second baseman, and I couldn't be more happy that there's no chance of seeing him in a Cubs uniform this year. Now, if only we could convince Neifi to go start at shortstop for them.


  • DoDD1,

    The Tribune is showing off new graphics and photos of the modifications and renovation to the Wrigley Bleachers on its homepage. Any thoughts on the Batter's Eye lounge, added seating, and street level look-thru? By the by, after returning from tour in Buenos Aires with PJ, Theo is now back with the BoSox. Along with a final record of three games over .500 the dream of Theo running the franchise is now impossible as well.

    By Anonymous Boom Kasper, at 11:23 AM  

  • I've actually never really liked the Batter's Eye the way it is, so the restaurant/lounge they're putting in might be kind of cool.

    I don't think the evergreens there are really a tradition, since they didn't put them in until about 10 years ago. So, if those are gone, I won't lose any sleep. I'm slightly more concerned with the removal of the standing room that used to be behind the last row of the bleachers. I always thought that was a cool feature that added to the social atmosphere in the bleachers.

    However, I'm not really a bleacher guy anymore. I used to think sitting in the bleachers was the only way to see a Cubs game, but then I realized it was really annoying to have to get there an hour early just to get a decent seat without a back. I much prefer the regular seats these days.

    As for the Theo saga, it kind of made me lose a little respect for the guy. Now that he's back, it seems like he was just taking his ball and going home when he didn't get his way. Maybe the pressure of being a god to an entire fanbase at such a young age just stroked his ego a little much, but it seems kind of ridiculous. Sure, he brought a World Series to a team that hadn't won in 86 years, but he did it with $120 million. Whoop-dee-doo.

    By Blogger DoDD1, at 1:14 PM  

  • Oh, the street level look-through...

    Kind of gimmicky. They have the same thing at Pac Bell, er, SBC Park. What I would really love to see is a Sheffield, between Addison and Waveland permanently blocked off to traffic. Pave it with bricks, add some landscaping, and make it a pedestrian walkway.

    By Blogger DoDD1, at 1:16 PM  

  • In other news, Sammy Sosa is officially out of town. He just sold his place in the city (I think it was the entire 55th floor of that building that Oprah's fat ass used to live in by Navy Pier). He originally listed it for something like 4.6 million, and settled for a measly 2.1 million. What a loser. It's good to see someone the Cubs traded away for good reason failing miserably.

    By Anonymous Romberg, at 1:56 PM  

  • Um...dude...Neifi Perez is with the Tigers, he was traded there around August....I agree with your comments but Neifi is long gone.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 PM  

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