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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Cubs - Signed DeRosa
Chicago Cubs - Signed 2B Mark DeRosa to a 3-year contract worth $13 million.
Everybody’s awash in cash, the Red Sox are spending enough to buy the Royals on a pitcher that would generate a ton of resources…revenue-shared resources…, and now the Cubs are giving more than $4 million a year to a really good utility infielder who can start at 2B for a few years while he’s cheap.
Now, this will help the Cubs on the baseball side, mostly because starting a second baseman who shouldn’t be paid $4 million a year is a better idea than starting one of the 50 second basemen they have around that shouldn’t be paid $0 million a year. It’s still overpaying based on DeRosa’s career season, however, and there’s nothing DeRosa can do that a Joe Inglett can’t. It’s not as sexy (though signing DeRosa isn’t really all that hot), but giving Keith Ginter a chance to make a comeback is a better idea than this. ZiPS sees DeRosa as really stable the next 3 years, but the concern about DeRosa isn’t about his play declining but his play to begin with.
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