It appears as though the Cubs haven't learned a damn thing.
Our friends at MLBTR are all over this John Grabow story. Apparently the Cubs want to extend the guy's time with the Cubs via a two-year deal worth $6 or 8 million.
The 31-year old Grabow came over from the Pirates in the Tom Gorzelanny trade late this past season. And when he pitched, he was mostly, like, kinda OK.
The ERA was fine, I guess, at 3.36 over the course of the entire year (service with both teams).
But guys. Honestly. We all know there's a lot more to pitching than ERA.
Like you know how Lou Piniella hates/despises/loathes/gets really frikkin' mad about walks?
Over the course of his career, Grabow has issued 4.15 walks per nine
innings. If you want to think of him as a set-up man, that means he'll be walking a guy every other night.
As a fan, that would piss me off. Imagine how many baby seals Lou Piniella will be clubbing next season if Grabow pulls this crap every other day.
The Cubs should know better. Why must they insist on wasting several million dollars every year on a crappy, oldish veteran who's not really all that good?
Like Scott Eyre or Bob Howry? Or worse, AARON FREAKING MILES?!
For a team with a payroll well over $100 million, this really isn't a huge deal. But check this math out:
Reed Johnson + John Grabow + Aaron Miles, at $3 million each equals...
...Milton Bradley's 2010 salary.