Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Prospects on the move?

At some point in the near future, we're going to run our promised Prospects on the Move series, but I actually think it's possibly too big for a single posting.  It might actually require . . . research.

In other news, it looks like my post about the Rays not being a sure thing was timely, despite the fact that it didn't go live until, what, the 7th inning last night?

Colin reported yesterday that the Cubs and Jim Hendry are negotiating an extension.  Part of the concern appears to center around Hendry not wanting to be a "lame duck" GM for the next owner who comes along, thus, he doesn't necessarily want to exercise his one year extension.

My concern is that they are over-thinking it a bit.  Hendry probably thought that he'd have one year, by contract, to prove himself as a competent GM to the next owner who comes along.  Then, because of the pending delay, it now appears as though Jim might have less than one year - in fact, for all we know, the next owner won't be here until after the '09 season, when Hendry's contract would be set to expire.  Over-thinking in its finest.

I think basically the Cubs need to do one of two things.

1) Offer Hendry a one year deal plus an option, just like the last one.  That would keep him around through 2010, again giving him the chance to prove himself to the new owner.

2) Say "screw it" and give him a 3-4 year deal.  If the new owner is unhappy with this, he can fire Hendry and Jim walks away with the last 2 years of his contract in his pocket.

Either way, it appears as though Hendry is not hurting for job opportunities.  Seattle has inquired about him, and I doubt they will be the last.  It's pretty funny.  Two years ago, I couldn't wait for him to be gone.

I got nuthin' to add...

...just didn't want the blog to hit the 24 hour mark without someone sayin' somethin'.

Oh ye of little faith

Oh ye of little faith

The more I look back over the

The more I look back over the last several years, the more I realize that more blame should fall on McPhail than Hendry. Sure, Hendry has made his mistakes (Soriano, Fukudome), but it sounds like McPhail really held on to the purse strings by assuming that the Cubs can just replicate his success with the Twins by acting like a small market team. As you can see, that's going so well for the Orioles.

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