You, numbskull!

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Jim Hendry--Please justify your logic.

Last offseason, Cliff Floyd, a 34 year-old corner outfielder with a bum wheel coming off a horrible season, was worth $3mill with incentives.

Last offseason, Jason Marquis, a pitcher with an erratic track record coming off a season in which he was the single worst full-time starting pitcher in all of baseball, was worth three years at $7mill per.

Last offseason, Ted Lilly, a league-average pitcher to that point, was worth $10mill a year.

And now this offseason, Mark Prior, a guy who just five years ago was arguably the third or fourth best pitcher in all of baseball, and who despite all his trials and tribulations is still 27 years old and--fingers crossed--on the the road to recovery, isn't worth a gamble for one measly, stinking million dollars (plus $2mill in incentives) in this super-inflated free agent market?

Either the Cubs' medical staff has some really damning shit on Prior's arm--to the tune of, "He'll never pitch a full season again"--or this falling out with Prior is unjustifiable, especially in light of the contract he just signed.

Needless to say, I hope Prior comes back healthy, wins six Cy Youngs, and beans Jim Hendry in his fat ass.


Patrick 11:29 PM  

Yeah, I would have loved to see the Cubs keep Prior, but what I've been hearing is that Prior had very serious arm problems and medical personel all over baseball doubt he will ever be healthy again.

This has been shown the past couple weeks with teams unwilling to trade for and even sign an unrestricted free agent. Thats also probably why Prior signed a mostly incentive-laden deal with the Padres.

Vinnie 9:16 AM  

That still doesn't get around the fact that they could've kept him for free, practically speaking. If you have money like the Cubs, I just can't understand why you wouldn't take a chance.

Matt 9:26 AM  

Who is Karim Garcia?

Patrick 9:26 AM  

Yeah I agree, but I can also understand them letting him go. It might also be one of those things where he just needed to get out of Chicago...kind of like the corey patterson trade, although with different results

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