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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Making the Pitch
According to a variety of sources, the Cubs have offered Prodigal Son Greg
Maddux™ a two-year deal valued somewhere in the $13-$15M range. Before anyone gets too excited/annoyed, there are also reports that he has several more lucrative offers on the table
from other teams. The stated origin of that information is "Major League sources," but an attribution that vague could mean it's coming from the mouth of Super
Agent Scott Boras™, and if so, apply salt liberally.
Other possible offers aside, the Cubs have put down defendable money for a reasonable contract length, and if anyone tosses out more green or more time,
the Cubs should feel good about letting Maddux go. I'm alright with the idea of starting Juan
Cruz in the fifth slot, but I do have a soft spot for Mad Dog, and while I'd rather see
that money go toward offensive upgrades, a rotation with Maddux and the Four Tops would be one to strike fear and envy into the hearts of all who oppose
them. I'm particularly intrigued by the possible effect of some Mad Dog Mentoring on the Big Three, which in itself might make the contract worth doing.
In any case, the ball's in the Maddux/Boras court. Other "offers" may or may not materialize, but just thinking about the possibility of him re-donning the Blues is kind of fun. I'll
write more about what this means if The Professor signs, but for now, don't mind if I sit back and dream a bit.