Wednesday, May 12, 2004  
The Cubs Get Their Man

The Cubs went out and signed Rey Ordonez to a minor league deal today to fill in for the injured Alex Gonzalez. Really, they are one in the same except for 2 major things. 1) Gonzo makes tons of money, Ordonez doesn't. 2) Gonzo hit's 20 HR's a year, Ordonez hasn't hit 20 HR's in his whole career.

When I first heard the idea that the Cubs would be interested in him, I kind of shuddered at the thought. I figured he would cost us a million or so and that is money we don't need to be spending when we have Martinez or Grudzielanek to play SS. However, since we got him for a minor league deal, why not give it a try? He actually did pretty well last year with the bat so how bad could it be? Last year in 34 games with Tampa Bay, Ordonez hit .316 with 3 homeruns and 22 RBI's. His career Avg is .248, which is 5 points higher than Alex Gonzalez's career average of .243. So, lets see what happens with it. If nothing else, he'll be able to fill in adequately and field his position well until Alex gets back.

Update:

Right after I posted this, I saw that The Cubs have announced that Kerry Wood is expected to miss his start on Sunday due to Tendinitis in his right arm. I don't think it is really a big deal. He'll just miss a start, which he would have had to do anyways due to the suspension he was appealing and we'll be fine. Cheer up Cubs Fans, life is gonna be alright.

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