Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's Over

I've never said this before. I've always been a supporter, but this is too much. It is time to fire Jim Hendry. It's over.

For Christmas, Jim Hendry gave Cub fans the disaster that is Carlos Silva. Why? To save money in order to spend it on a center fielder.

What does Mr. Hendry do with his new freedom? He flushes $15 million over the next 3 years down the toilet that is Marlon Byrd's game. Happy New Year, Cub Fans! Marlon Byrd stinks. Last season, while playing for the Texas Rangers, Byrd his a career high 20 HR's. Did the Cubs ignore the fact that he hit 14 HR's at home, and only 6 HR's on the road?

According to UZR/150, his defense in Centerfield was below average last season. So, this is not the case of getting someone like Carlos Gomez, who can at least provide good defense while making outs 66% of the time.

Last season, as a 32-year old, Byrd had the best season of his career. Fangraphs valued his production at $3.1 million. So, the Cubs think he'll be worth $5 million each year in his age 33, 34, and 35 seasons. This is lunacy. The Cubs had Felix Pie, and gave him to Andy MacPhail for nothing. As Clark Griswold said towards the end of Christmas Vacation, where's the Tylenol?

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