The Cubs announced Tuesday they have signed free agent Jacque Jones to a three-year, $16 million deal. Jones could fill the vacant right field spot and join new center fielder Juan Pierre, acquired in a trade from Florida, and rookie left fielder Matt Murton.
looking past the fact that its way too much money, its a 3 year deal?
theres really only two reasonable conclusions to draw from this.
A) either this move sets up Pie to be dealt, id guess before the season or closer to the deadline. if he is part of a package that brings a stud to the team (ie. Tejada) then im fine with it
B) Pierre is only meant to be a one-year plan, which would mean he was drastically overpaid for, at least in terms of prospects. The Cubs havent gone to arbitation with a player in a real long time, if ever, so it will be known fairly soon if Pierre will be overpaid in dollars as well.
if Pierre gets a 2-3 year deal, then Pie gets dealt. if not, then Pie should be the starting CF in '07.
getting back to Jacque for a minute, blah
thats about all ive got for him
at least the bullpen is looking solid