Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Sometimes You Should Rent Rather Than Buy

In certain situations it is better to rent than to buy. Last night it was announced that the Cubs and former Twins OF Jacque Jones agreed to a 3 year $16 million dollar contract. I think the Cubs bought when they should’ve rented. Certainly I’m pleased, as anyone would be to have a player named Jacque on his or her team. It’s no Willy Mo, but it’s pretty good. Jacque was signed to fill the vacated RF spot after the Cubs declined the option on Jeromy Burnitz’s contract. Burnitz actually had slightly better number in nearly all categories except for stolen bases. Jacque is younger, faster, and probably a slight upgrade defensively. Still, Jacque is 30 and most players hit their prime when they are 27 and 29. The last time Jacque hit .300 or higher was back in 2003 when he was 28. Since then his batting average has been .254 (2004) and .249 (2003). The one high point in his career last year was that he had a career high in walks (51). That’s really not that great especially considering he also had 120 strikeouts. Cub’s management is blaming his two-year slide on trying to carry the Twins when their superstars were hurt. I hope they are right. I think we are simply seeing the normal age digression of an average player. I’d be surprised even if he hit around .280. I think the Cubs got desperate and didn’t want to wait as long as they did last year to fill their slot. So, they tied up someone earlier for three years. The thing is they basically have the same player as last year. But now they are tied into a three-year contract, when a one-year would’ve been better. I do hope I’m wrong. This signing also means the Patterson will soon be traded somewhere. I'm pretty sure he'll put up at least the same numbers as Jacque.

It should also be noted that the Cubs were battling the Royals in order to sign Jacque. The Royals offered a 3yr $15 million deal. The Cubs simply had to offer a million more and the Royals were out. That’s the state of affairs for baseball right now. Though with how the Royals have been the last decade the Cubs probably could’ve offered the same deal as the Royals to land him.

7 comments:

MOL Junior said...

he's more genius than you're giving him credit for....he's not a star but a good role player. perhaps a slight downgrade from burnitz but if so, not by much. he'll hit 25 home runs and play good defense. seems like a good value.

Bradford said...

I think for one year he's a good value. My main problem is that we signed him for three.

bobby said...

Brad, why hast thou forsaken 3CT?

Bradford said...

I haven't had anything strike me in awhile as being 3CT fare.

Bradford said...

I still visit 3CT every day.

MOL Junior said...

bobby, what's your take on the cubs' signing of jacque jones? what to you think his strengths and weaknesses are when compared to their former rightfielder, jeremy burnitz?

bobby said...

I think that anyone signing anyone named Jacque Jones is asking for trouble. He clearly has identity issues with a name like that. The only right fielder I know anything about is Lucy Van Pelt.