There is always talk amongst baseball fans and writers regarding who the worst general manager in baseball is.
Dayton Moore of the Kansas City Royals and Omar Minaya of the New York Mets are usually at the top of that conversation. Well, I think we can add one more GM to the conversation—Jim Hendry of the Chicago Cubs.
I really have no idea what he is doing in Chicago. Latest example: Hendry re-signed left-handed reliever John Grabow to a two-year, $7.5 million extension.
Are you kidding?
I am sure Grabow is a nice guy and I love the fact that he represented the USA in the World Baseball Classic. But the reality is, he is not even worth half of what Hendry gave him.
Grabow will be 32 years old next year and his WHIP and Hits/9 increased from 2008 to 2009 and his K/9 went down from 2008 to 2009. It's never a good sign when a pitcher is giving up more hits and striking out less.
Here is how overpaid Grabow will be. Throughout his career, which spans seven years, Grabow has been worth around $5.3 million.
Hendry is paying Grabow $7.5 million for the next two.
I have no idea what Hendry is trying to accomplish in Chicago. If it is throwing as much money at players as he possibly can, he has accomplished that.
Unfortunately for Hendry and Cubs fans, throwing money around doesn't win championships. Bringing in quality players and quality people do.
Who knows what Hendry is going to do next. Maybe he will bring back Kevin Gregg on a two-year, $20 million deal.
That would be par for the course with Hendry.
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