Just don't give Theo credit by calling it a good move.
"It's not going to prevent them from making other moves, so who cares?"
you used my own line against me ...lol
Well it's not , if they do need money for a player they feel will help the 6 million they are paying Byrd isn't going to stop them from getting that player like it would have in the last couple of years so that's why I say it's no big deal they are paying it.
I'm overjoyed they got rid of him this early because I've been screaming for Camapana to get a look ever since last season.I was afraid we'd be seeing Byrd out there until June, so it would have been a good move in my book had they flat out released him and payed every cent.It's a better move because they are getting two players in return, one guy Bowden could be a better caliber player than I thought they'd get combined even if they were selling high on Byrd.
DeJesus is only batting .262 with a .328 slugging percentage. He's got a good on base percentage (but not as good as Clevenger, Campana, LaHair, or Mather) and he hasn't stolen a base yet, but he has been caught stealing. He's a classic Cubs lead off man: when gets on, he simply stands around waiting for something to happen-- instead of making things happen.
Hitting .175, Stewart is simply a disaster. Plus the man has no history of being a good hitter at the majors. 63 AB already this year after playing practically everyday is enough to relegate him to the bench, IMO.
Signing Mather to a minor league contract was probably one of Theo's most fortunate moves. After a fantastic spring, Mather's currently hitting .286 with a .400 on base percentage-- even though Sveum has only allowed him to play sporadically.