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or "Crazy Like a Fox"
or "Fox in the Cubhouse"
or any of numerous possible inane headlines. The Cubs have signed righty reliever Chad Fox to a minor league contract. Fox, 34, has often been an effective reliever, but he also may no longer have a throwing arm. At least that's what I gather from the meager 58.7 innings he's pitched over the past three seasons.
Hendry may also be recalling Fox's three appearances against the Cubs in the 2003 NLCS, though it wasn't anything spectacular (3.3 Inn pitched, 5.40 ERA). Overall, Fox gives you lots of strikeouts and lots of (unintentional) walks. Not too many hits allowed, but way too much time missed.
Still, this is a pitcher worth a minor league contract. Why not? Maybe you catch lightning in a bottle, even if only for 30 innings.
I just wouldn't count on Chad Fox being a bullpen savior for the team. After all, a Fox may change its skin but never its character. Doh! I did that asinine tomfoolery with his name again...