Saint Jim gets risky
You know what? The Sammy Sosa trade is really only the first risky trade of Hendry's general managership. Lets review the major deals thus far:
- He got rid of Todd Hundley. Cubs fans would have been happy with a bag of baseballs.
- He brought in Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton. He gave up Bobby Hill. Sure, Hill was highly touted, but was there a lot of risk involved?
- He signed Greg Maddux. There was some risk involved because of the money. On the other hand, we are talking about Greg Maddux here. The dude was a handful of wins shy of #300 and hugely popular with Cubs fans. Bringing him back was a PR no-brainer.
- He traded for Nomar Garciaparra. Hmm, lets think back to the first game Nomar played with the Cubs. Lets also think about what he gave up in Francis Beltran, Brendan Harris, and Alex Gonezalez. Again, not a high degree of risk involved.
- Then he traded Sammy... for Jerry Hairston Jr. This trade took some guts. A bronze set. Trading Mr. 574 is one of those defining deals for a baseball exec. We saw Theo make one last year and get a World Series title. We've also seen the Reds acquire Griffey Jr. and lavish him with money... how did that one turn out?
I've still got my faith in Saint Jim, but this one is unchartered territory.