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Thursday, April 01, 2004

I Ask For Something To Write About, and You Send Me This!

The Cubs have signed Glendon Rusch and Damian Jackson to minor league contracts and assigned them to Iowa.

Boy, I'd love to put a positive spin on this, but I see no good coming from these moves. The day has long since passed when anyone could look at Rusch as a vessel of unfulfilled potential. Yes, sir, he's full vessel now, but decorum prevents me from detailing the contents.

Like many of us, I've been less than impressed with Sergio Mitre's work of late, but I can't imagine a level of desperation that would force me to employ Shawn Estes Evil Twin for any length of time at the major league level. When the Brewers decline an option on someone, then they fail to stick as an NRI with the Rangers, they just might be done. Hopefully, his time in Iowa will illustrate that point to the Cubs as clearly as the owl eyes on a Hooters sign.

As for Jackson, remember what I said earlier about fetishism and positional flexibility? Okay, maybe that didn't come out right.

Jackson appears to be the poor man's Jose Macias, and if you think that's me being cruel, just wait until I back it up. The good thing about Macias is that he can play six different positions at a level that is at or above league average. He can't hit, but he can get it done with the glove. Here are career RATE2's for the six positions he's played. For details on the stat, click the link, but the gist of it: 100 is average.

Position RATE2
2B 98
SS 101
3B 101
LF 104
RF 114
CF 102

Here are Jackson's RATE2's at the same positions.

Position RATE2
2B 97
SS 100
3B 101
LF 93
RF 114
CF 94

That's not frightening enough, so are you ready for this? Last year, when Jackson was supposed to be Todd Walker's defensive caddy at second base, Walker posted a RATE2 of 84. Jackson's RATE2? 83. Just kill me. Oh, and did I mention that Jackson can't hit either?

I'm expending a lot of energy kvetching about these signings, but if we see either of these gentlemen sporting the Major League togs - Rusch in particular - lots and lots has gone horribly wrong. In short, I don't expect to see them at Wrigley anytime soon, so there's nothing to be truly frightened about.

If anyone needs me, I'll be under the bed.

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Posted by Derek @ 3:39 PM