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Same Stupid Moves from Hendry

By Garrett Monaghan

Cubs fans don't need a lot more evidence that Jim Hendry doesn't know what he's doing when it comes to free agents. Unfortunately, they got another exhibit today when Hendry signed free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd to a three year, $15 million contract.

I'm honestly mystified by what Hendry thinks he's getting with Byrd. Byrd, 32, will player center and bat somewhere in the lower half of the Cubs' batting order, thereby not filling the team's need for a leadoff man. Once again, we've acquired a 30-something defensively challenged outfielder with virtually no upside whatsoever.

Instead of giving talented youngsters like Sam Fuld and Tyler Colvin a shot, Hendry has continued to show an outstanding commitment to keeping the team's outfield over 30 and unproductive. At least the man's consistent.

As much as I hate giving Rob Neyer credit for anything, he made a reasonable point the other day in reference to Brian Cashman's impact on the Yankees over the last few years. The upshot of the article is that since 2005, Cashman has spent a lot of time, effort, and money to ensure the Yankees have a stable of homegrown stars. Yes, they've signed a lot of big name free agents, but they've gotten younger and better. Jim Hendry seems to be on some kind of demented quest to do the opposite to the Cubs. If there's an injury-prone, over 30, outfielder with one good season under his belt on the free agent market, you can trust Jim Hendry to wrap him up for between 3-7 years.

At some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, the Ricketts family is going to pay attention to how more successful teams are winning, and realize that Hendry is part of the problem in Chicago.


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