CHICAGO–Any goodwill that Jim Hendry built after spending money to keep Aramis Ramirez and Kerry Wood on the roster was wasted Tuesday when he inked
Jose Macias Neifi Perez Mark DeRosa to a three-year, $13M deal.
Welcome to sixth place, chump.
DeRosa is coming off a career year, fitting right into Hendry’s “Buy high (Remlinger, Hawkins, Burnitz)! Sell low (Patterson, Farnsworth, Alfonseca)!” model of player acquisition.
The move is expected to give Hendry a simple answer to several questions which are bound to be raised at the annual Cubs convention, including the following:
- Why didn’t you go after Zito?
- How come you lowballed Soriano?
- Couldn’t you have gotten J.D. Drew with an extra $4M?
- Was Jason Schmidt ever an option?
DeRosa, having played with the Rangers in the four-team AL West last year, is not used to having a fifth place and a sixth place in his division. The Cubs expect to acclimate him to those places in the standings by May.