Hendry Compares Notes With Other MLB GMs
With the Ricketts family firmly in control, Cubs GM Jim Hendry is attending the annual GM meeting in Chicago. He has a lot on his plate and is no doubt discussing who needs what, or more accurately, who needs to dump what.
For many MLB teams, the economic climate is forcing clubs to cut payroll and expenses wherever possible.Â Even the GM meetings itself has seen cuts – previous sessions were held in Palm Springs and other resort areas. This year I think it speaks volumes about the financial state of MLB teams that they are meeting at a hotel near O’Hare.
So Hendry will likely be sussing out who will take what off his hands – of course Milton Bradley, but maybe even some other over-salaried, under-performing soon to be former Cubs?Â Some rumors are saying Bradley would be accepted by a few teams, but the Cubs would have to pick up as much as 16 of the 21 million remaining on the contract. That is a hefty price tag to be sure. I would bet Hendry would rather trade his headache for someone else’s headache; basically trading a bad contract for another similarly bad contract. At least then he might be able to show some value to his new bossÂ for the lost millions on Bradley. Only problem is Bradley does have some legitmate upside in being capable of batting .300 with some HRs and plenty of on-base opportunities.
Two guys with bad contracts that have been mentioned are Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell. I don’t think either have the offensive upside of Bradley although they might be more tolerable in the clubhouse and less of a team distraction.Â Rowand brings some glove and a lot of heart (he’ll literally run through a wall for you), but Burrell brings nothing but a stick, no glove at all. For a team like the Cubs with such defensive challanges, I’m hoping Hendry realizes his next outfielder requirement should be ‘no glove, no love’.Â (had to say it!)
Any way you shake it, this franchise will suffer in 2010 due to the unfortunate signing of Milton Bradley. If he’s on the team, distraction and unpleasantness. If they find a taker, will either bring a one dimensional player in return or empty payroll dollars flying out the door. I fail to see a winning conclusion to this situation – at least at this point.Â We’ll see if Trader Jim can find some magic left in his bag of tricks.