The Cubs made a few minor league signings official today
. Marquis Grissom
, Augie Ojeda
and Mike Restovich
will all get a chance to show off their veteran savvy and catch the eye of the Cubs coaching staff come March.
Grissom's old, once upon a time could hit lefites and has a good chance to become next year's Neifi Perez
, a vet that Baker has an unhealthy affection towards.
Ojeda comes back to the Cubs organization after a brief stop in Minnesota where he actually managed a .339/.429/.458 line in 59 AB's. If you're looking for an example of the dangers of "small sample size", you needn't look any further. He did once make an amazing diving stop to help preserve a Mark Prior
complete game that I had the pleasure of attending. A game in which Sammy Sosa
launced 2 homers off of Kevin Brown
that I still don't believe have landed.
Restovich is a corner outfielder that hits a lot like a middle infielder. He was a second round pick of the Twins in 1997 and once upon a time was pretty well touted. At 6-4, 250 you'd expect some power, which he did show at times in the minors, but his offensive game has been seriously lacking at the major league level. He played with the Pirates and Rockies last year.
Rob is too modest to point out that he mentioned the possibility of signing Grissom back in August
. I see a glimmer of hope in the Grissom signing. When the Cubs signed Jacque Jones
, one of the things I heard (and said) most often was that Jones is a player who should platoon but, because of the size of his contract and Dusty's proclivities, probably won't. With the Grissom signing (and the fact that it's a minor-league deal is merely a formality -- I'd say Grissom is just about a lock to make the team), what the Cubs now have is a suitable platoon partner for Jones that Dusty might actually play.
Jones' splits over the last three seasons:
Vs. RHP: 280/333/474
Vs. LHP: 238/295/363
Vs. RHP: 267/299/396
Vs. LHP: 322/359/567
That's some decent pop against lefties. Grip is old, spent much of '05 injured, and will swing at just about anything, but given what we know (or think we know) about Dusty's managerial and lineup construction styles, this is about the best little deal Jim Hendry could have come up with.