With the signing of David DeJesus, the Cubs are making a clear showing of their upcoming mentality. They've already spelled it out verbally, now they have begun putting the money where their mouth is.
They want to upgrade defense.
They want to upgrade on-base skills.
They want to add consistent left-handed hitters.
They want guys who can hit when it matters.
For DeJesus, you can check every single thing off of that list. Sure, he'll be 32 this upcoming season, but his 2-year contract is a beautiful buy-low move with nearly no risk involved. He's exactly the type of player who handles himself in a way that young guys like Brett Jackson should be emulating. If he does well, they can deal him to re-stock the farm system, and if he flounders he becomes the ideal fourth outfielder.
What this also means is that Tyler Colvin has no place on the team.
He plays poor defense. He is one of the worst on-base guys in the majors. He's wildly inconsistent and has the skill set of someone who should and has been clearly over-matched in high-leverage situations.
He's the anti-DeJesus. Colvin isn't the Anti-Christ, but he certainly has no business being considered a starter.
Rumors have already been circulating that he would be the compensation for acquiring Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer. It wouldn't be a bad thing to have him dealt in a separate package to bolster the value a little either.
Tyler Colvin's hype was a fantasy created by Chicago media outlets after a hot Spring Training performance and a month and a half of strong play in the majors. Sure, his hot start in the majors was in part-time duty, and when he gained consistent playing time his major flaws were shown, but the fans remained excited about his promise.
The 2011 season definitely ended the over-the-top support of Colvin in a hurry. In over 600 plate appearances now, he is a career .215 hitter with a mind-blowing .275 on-base percentage. His above average power can't come close to making up for his liability in virtually every other category of baseball play.
He doesn't even work as a bench player, as someone with his skill set just doesn't work in a part-time role. The Cubs presently have Tony Campana, the consummate fourth/fifth outfielder. They also most likely intend to bring back Reed Johnson to a low-level deal.
Brett Jackson deserves playing time in 2012 and beyond, so even if Soriano is moved in a fortuitous deal in the upcoming weeks, Colvin should never be considered for the role.
This isn't so much a sad story as it was a predictable one. Major League hype for a Minor League talent. It just doesn't work out.