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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Jones has a career .327 OBP, and that propped up by out of character .300 batting averages in 2001 and 2002. If you assume he’ll platoon and ignore his numbers against lefties he looks a bit better, but even last year’s .814 OPS against righties was worse than 40 other outfielders (and was produced in a bit of a hitter’s park to boot.) Its hard to see what he offers that’s worth a whopping $5M/yr more than a replacement outfielder now, much less in three years. Adding salt to the wound, we now owe the Twins a compensation draft pick.
Jones is the kind of safe, known-quantity veteran mediocrity that the Cubs have been overpaying for as long as I’ve been a baseball fan. If we had a $200M payroll and one hole to fill, bringing someone like Jones in would be understandable. With a payroll half that size, committing to this much money for this long with as many other holes as the Cubs roster has improves the team little if any this year and hamstrings us for years to come.
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