Grote: Hendry’s Redemption Opportunity

By Mark Grote

The Milton Bradley blunder didn’t bug me much, because Bradley’s numbers incorrectly indicated it would be a good move. I didn’t have any complaints when Cubs general manager Jim Hendry handed Alfonso Soriano a winning lottery ticket, and I even got over the high decibel level scolding I received from Hendry, when alerting him to a source that suggested Rich Harden’s velocity was down.

Yet what bothered me most was Hendry gathering the press corps around the Wrigley infield last season to say the reason he promoted prized possession Starlin Castro was his defensive prowess. 27 errors later it seemed Hendry could use a scolding. But, we will trust the hard core coaching Mike Quade to clean that up. So what Hendry can do to totally redeem himself? Trade Carlos Zambrano.

Jim, make that your business like jettisoning Milton was last year. Yes, Carlos Zambrano has been a plus pitcher overall and 8 and 0 at the end of the season after his return from the restricted list meant something: trade value.

Sure, there will be the usual, “Carlos is a new man” angles in spring training and he may even make a playful prediction at the Cubs convention like he has been known to do. But, the blowups, blowoffs, and bad vibes are inevitable. Perhaps even more restrictedness. The bigger picture is the declining skills, which come naturally with aging.

Dare I say his velocity is down, Jim?

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  • Bob Loblaw

    Quoth Earl Weaver: Jim Hendry “is lucking to be in f$#@ing baseball!”

  • P. Hertz

    You’re an idiot.

    • Bob Loblaw

      What are you Hendry’s son in law or something?

  • seanachie

    I have a slightly different take on the Zambrano situation. First let me say that I agree with you re. Bradley. His stats DID make the deal seem OK, on paper at least.

    I think the problem with Zambrano has been that from the beginning he was thrust into the role of being the staff ace. I think this was a mistake. He’s not a #1 staff ace and never should have been given that role. He’s a very good #2 or #3 man in a rotation. This was evident from his performance at the end of last season. If he’s given that role in 2011 I think he’ll do well. If he’s expected to the the #1 starter and staff ace, he’ll disappoint.

    The dilemna for the Cubs is that they have no staff ace, and can’t afford to sign or trade for one. Still, that’s what they must do if they expect to make the NL playoffs in 2011.

  • Glockster

    Jim Hendry may be the only man in Chicago who can give Jerry Angelo a run for his money as worst GM in the city. His baseball ponzi scheme has finally collapsed, and its time for him to be let go, since Hendry’s abilities as a GM seem directly tied to his ability to overspend. There is no more bad money to cover up other bad money, so there is no reason to keep Jim around.

  • bob

    Jim unfortunately overspent. It was a gamble that obviously did not pay off. Now he is stuck with several large contracts, that will be difficult to move. Impossible, no, but difficult yes.

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