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by Derek Smart
As expected (and as noted by our intrepid Mr. Timmermann), the Cubs officially announced that they had signed Marquis Grissom to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training, and at the same time, added to their offseason haul of former Twins, coming to similar terms with outfielder Michael Restovich and shortstop Augie Ojeda.
Of course, Cub fans are already familiar with Ojeda, who spent parts of four seasons in Chicago, earning the love of the faithful with a ton of hustle and a great attitude. Unfortunately, there's little else to recommend him other than a halfway decent glove up the middle, so he'll be spending all of his time in Iowa and off the forty-man unless something goes horribly, horribly wrong. The same goes for Restovich, who has never really shown much to be excited about. Both of these guys are on board for organizational depth in an emergency, and nothing more.
This may not be the case with Grissom. As I mentioned earlier, a healthy Grissom could be a passable center field backup and platoon partner with Jacque Jones. But that doesn't mean he's Dusty-Proof - and at this point, I sincerely doubt that anyone is - so while I think this is a good, cheap flyer when talking about it in a vacuum, I have my doubts about what this means in reality. Suffice to say, if Grissom makes the team and does anything but spell Matt Murton when he needs a day off, I'll be spittin' nails.