It hurts my eyes
According to Dan - yes, that bastion of accurate transaction news* - the Score is reporting that the Cubs will be signing free agent center fielder Joey Gathright.
(*I'm not teasing you, Dan, I just think it's funny for any article to cite as a source a faceless name from a Shout Box)
A few days back, I said "I have a feeling the Cubs won't get anybody they actually wanted." Well, my friends, if Jim Hendry started the off season wanting Gathright, then the rumors that he's gone insane are true.
Gathright brings plus defense to the table, and decent speed, and nothing else. He's got a solitary homerun in 1,145 career at bats, he's a career .263 hitter, he has a career OBP of .328, and his career OPS is .632. It's like the second coming of Juan Pierre, if Pierre couldn't even hit singles.
Let's hope that Gathright is intended to serve in a backup role, because if the Cubs are turning to him to start in the outfield ... well, I can't even bring myself to conclude that thought.