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Berkman Re-Signs
2005-03-21 06:00
by Alex Ciepley

One of my secret little lustings, tucked away in the cookie jar in my kitchen, was that the Cubs would have a shot at signing potential 2006 free agent Lance Berkman to a deal after the season.

Sadly, that cookie's been eaten. The Astros inked Berkman to a six-year, $85 million contract. Can I take solace in thinking that the Astros overpaid a bit for Berkman? Not because he isn't worth that much money (at least in the first few years of the contract), but because given his current injured state I would've figured Houston could have locked him up for a little less.

If the Cubs do want to go out and sign a name left fielder next year, then a couple options include Brian Giles, Larry Walker, Jacque Jones, and Dmitri Young. Two oldies-but-goodies, one overrated Twin, and one DH. Giles for a couple years would probably be a nice addition, but none of the choices qualify as Lance Sexy.

Of course, the Cubs might not need a new left fielder this season or next... or anytime in the near future. Not if mister DuBois keeps hitting. His spring training, salts-of-grain, line through Monday morning:

28 7 4 6 .357 .786
I'll take them suger-coated cookies any day of the week.

2005-03-21 07:22:37
1.   Tom
I think Mr. Dubois needs to up the difficulty setting on his videogame. Four home runs in 28 at bats!

As they say on TV, damn Gina.

2005-03-21 07:23:12
2.   nate
i'd never want Berkman on the Cubs. it has nothing to do with how good of a player he is, but more to do with when he faked getting hit by a Mike Remlinger pitch last year - how lame was that?
2005-03-21 07:51:14
3.   Alex Ciepley
Yeah Nate, that move really irritated me as well, but I imagine I would have found a way to forgive him for it if, say, he'd pulled that stunt as a Cub facing Matt Morris.
2005-03-22 05:44:09
4.   ChemSteve
Excuse my ignorance, but what is a 'salts-of-grain' stat line? :)
2005-03-22 07:10:17
5.   Alex Ciepley
ChemSteve, I guess I was just being a bit dyslexic with my vocab, meaning grains-of-salt.

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