Cubs Sign Kevin Millar

As spring training approaches, the Cubs are pulling out the heavy weapons to fill out their roster. Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Cubs will sign Kevin Millar to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

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As you can tell by the last four years, baseball has passed Millar by, but at least he'll get some per diem money in spring training. By some miracle, if Xavier Nady's rehab isn't going so well and he has to go to the disabled list to start the season, or Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Micah Hoffpauir and Chad Tracy all get hurt stepping into gopher holes at Fitch Park, I suppose Millar could make the team in a bench role.


Isn't Millar the guy that is always joking around in the media with Dempster whenever they play each other? I think that's him...

yup, good friends from the Marlin days

Well, so at least someone will enjoy having him around...

(Crusty the Clown laugh here). Swell. Nice guy, can't hit fo' shit anymore and slow. Comic relief fodder and that's about all he's worth. If we play .500 ball with this lineup, I'll be impressed.
Reds got Aaron Miles. Look out

Cubs Sign Kevin Millar

Reds got Aaron Miles

... and just like that, the Pirates all of a sudden have 2010 playoff aspirations.

Was Millar the lead guitarist in Guns N Roses in 2000-04?

well played Jacos, well played.

This is a really astute pickup by Hendry.

If this were 2003

ESPN explains all- Gary Hughes, Chicago's assistant GM, signed Millar to his first professional contract with the Marlins in 1993 after he spent one season with St. Paul Saints in the independent Northern League.

Blame Hughes.

No wonder the Cubs are mad at Theriot. He wants their Millar Money.

0 is a hell of a number.

Bears hire Martz for OC duties

For our non-Bear fans, this is the equivalent of hiring Dusty Baker as a pitching coach.

I disagree somwhat. It's curious and there are reasons I don't like the move, but the offense will be better in the points scored department.

I don't think it means a better football team though.

Strongly disagree on that statement. Martz was offensive co-coordinator during the Rams heyday, not just turning Warner into a pro-bowl QB and possible hall of famer, but getting the absolute most of out Marshall Faulk and the receivers.

Martz went to wasteland Detroit and even resurrected John Kitna, creating an offense that allowed Kitna to pass for 4,000 yards. In SF he never had a QB and ultimately didn't get along with the in-season newly appointed head coach who wanted an offense that resembles 1930's football.

Now, will the Bears offense suddenly become 24 karat gold? No, they're the Bears. Angelo and Lovie will do their best to give Martz the worst talent in the league, and screw it up further by mismanaging that. But it's still a good hire, even more so when you look at most of the stiffs the Bears had been talking to, like guys who got fired after 1 year in Cleveland and 1 year in Atlanta, etc.


As for the Millar signing, he had better only be Spring Training fodder. I can't see how they could fit him on the roster unless DLee is on the DL, and even then, I wouldn't want Millar. Just another "alleged" steroid cheating piece of crap. And a no-hit "alleged" steroid cheating piece of crap at that.

i heartily disagree that he got the most out of Marshall Faulk...

Kitna threw for 3,000 and 3,500 yards on bad Bengals teams before the Lions with similar completion percentages although he did do even better with the Lions.

Frightening thought is how often Kitna got sacked in Detroit, 63 and 51.

In 1999, winning the Super Bowl, the Rams leading receiver that year was Torrie Holt?

Nope. Marshall Faulk - over 1000 yards rec. and over 80 catches.

He got plenty out of him (Faulk). That was MArtz' M.O. - 60%-40% pass to run ratio.

You can expect that our backs will be used as a check-down in the same manner. Olsen may get the ball more. But while I do not at all agree with NOCE that "Angelo will get the worst talent in the league", when you compare our talent just to the Central - other than Detroit - we are NOT on the same page talent-wise with G.B. and the Vikes. And the Lions have who I believe is a budding All-Pro at QB, plus a terrific #1 receiver.

The team sold its soul to the devil with Cutler, and after the 2010 season, hopefully we will see wholesale changes.

That was MArtz' M.O. - 60%-40% pass to run ratio.

my point is that isn't a good M.O (and I would guess the disparity is higher, or at least it feels like it).

too pass happy, too turnover happy, got to control the clock at times and I don't think a Martz offense knows how to do it.

Vernon davis did not blossom until martz left.
Faulk is a hofer and so is bruce

Tight ends do not see the ball a lot with Martz. They often serve as extra QB protection to give the receivers time to run those twenty yard routes.

Cutler is a hell of a QB! you need a decent offensively minded coach

Cutler has a strong arm and a five cent head. That is all he is right now. He MIGHT be great some day, but has a long way to go. Don't let your homerism overlook that all Cutler did in 2009 was give the Bears yet another infuriating way to lose games.

If it doesn't work out for Theriot & the Cubs, he would always make a nice upgrade to the Bears offensive line. Just sayin'.

As a Broncos fan we saw flashes of greatness while cutler had a good offensive head coach and qb coach. If mcdaniels would have kept his mouth shut he would have had a pro-bowl caliber qb for years to come not a scrub like orton.

What are you talking about? I can tell by Kevin Millar's 531 AB's and 20 HR's in 2008 that he's a capable every day player.

The difference between Kevin Millar and Jake Fox? A short ride in Christopher Lloyd's Delorean.

Millar, Byrd and Nady are all considered to be in the top echelon of "good team chemistry guys", as Hendry seems determined to reverse the snake pit atmosphere that surrounded the clubhouse last season.

the one Hendry created by signing Bradley to infuse some fire into the Cubs after the team was accused of being too friendly and lackadasical in 2007 and 2008.

let's never forget this key point for Hendry's obituary as Cubs GM.

"let's never forget this key point for Hendry's obituary as Cubs GM."

This will probably be on page 2.

Long list.

If we can't be good, we'll be likable.

Honestly, it's getting to the point that likable might actually mean something to me.

Submitted by Rob G. on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 4:16pm.
If we can't be good, we'll be likable.


ROB G: This actually has been the Cubs Mission Statement since 1945, something Hendry apparently forgot when he signed Milton Bradley.

Hendry isn't likeable. Foul mouthed incompetent tub of goo. He's gotta go.

offered closing job in Florida, set-up job in Colorado...

He's welcome to a setup job in Chicago.

If that were true, why not offer him arbitration?

he's not welcome by the Cubs and offering him arbitration would limit the Cubs negotiating power.

but they don't want him back...

Why is that?

The arbitration bit is because of the money, though.

Why is that?

ask the Cubs, do you get a sense that that they want him back?

So they don't want him back like the way they didn't want Kerry Wood back last year.

Well, I don't think Gregg is going to see a Wood-sized contract.

But of course, the Cubs don't want him back because of the Cubs' often misplaced tendency to err on the side of the "voice of the fan". Get booed loud enough, and you won't be back.

I'm not advocating for Gregg's return, per se, but I do think there's plenty of room for criticism of Hendry's reactionary tendencies. Similar to Bradley.

MLBTR reports that the Blue Jays have repalced the Marlins as the main competition for Gregg's services, with the Padres an outside possibility.

Hmmmm....If the Blue Jays are dangling Frasor and/or Downs to the Cubs, why would they have an interest in adding Gregg?

Submitted by Seamhead on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 11:41am.
MLBTR reports that the Blue Jays have repalced the Marlins as the main competition for Gregg's services, with the Padres an outside possibility.

Hmmmm....If the Blue Jays are dangling Frasor and/or Downs to the Cubs, why would they have an interest in adding Gregg?


SEAMHEAD: Both Jason Frasor and ex-Cub Scott Downs will be MLB free-agents post-2010, so if the Jays can trade one of them for a pitching prospect or two while replacing the traded pitcher with a FA (like Kevin Gregg) making the same money (especially one that doesn't cost them a draft pick), they come out ahead.


Makes sense, as Downs is signed for a whopping $4m this year and Frasor for $2.65m.

Gregg is going to take a hit against the $4.2 million he earned last year from us, and will likely take Frasor money or a bit more as a set-up man.

Since the Cubs have made no movement on signing either Park or Calero, does the Blue Jays' interest in Gregg signal that the Cubs may indeed send a couple of prospects for Frasor?

Do they even have that money available since Theriot is esentially holding about $500,000 hostage with his refusal to budge off of his $3.4 million arb demand?

downs or frasor would/should cost a lot...wonder what the BJays would even want from the cubs besides the obvious.

Applying Phil's theory, the Jays would probably demand one from among the guys likely to be at AAA this year (Berg/Caridad/Stevens,etc.) and one from AA or below.

That seems like a high price to pay when you take into account Frasor's salary as well.

But if Hendry feels that we really need that one additional experienced bullpen arm and Park isn't budging...

more like Guzman i would think


Does Guzman's experience and $825k salary push him out of the "prospect" class at this point? If the Jays are looking to swap out guys like Frasor and Downs for up-and-coming kids, I'm not sure that Guzman fits the bill.

Hendry would probably embrace the idea of sending back some salary in a Frasor swap, as it nets out for his strapped budget.

frasor and downs are pretty high-end pen guys. frasor is only making 2.5m or so, too. mid-90s FB, a curve, and he found his control (again) last year...not cheap talent.

Submitted by Seamhead on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 12:21pm.

Makes sense, as Downs is signed for a whopping $4m this year and Frasor for $2.65m.

Gregg is going to take a hit against the $4.2 million he earned last year from us, and will likely take Frasor money or a bit more as a set-up man.

Since the Cubs have made no movement on signing either Park or Calero, does the Blue Jays' interest in Gregg signal that the Cubs may indeed send a couple of prospects for Frasor?

Do they even have that money available since Theriot is esentially holding about $500,000 hostage with his refusal to budge off of his $3.4 million arb demand?


SEAMHEAD: It's not clear to me exactly what Hendry's payroll budget is at this point. After signing Xavier Nady, Hendry said something like he wanted to thank Ricketts & Kenney for allowing him to spend the extra money needed to add Nady. That could mean Hendry was including the additional $2M in potential performance bonuses in his calculations (bringing Nady's potential 2010 salary up to $5.3M), because while post-season buy-outs are added to the following season's payroll, performance bonuses are figured (as contingencies) into a club's current season's payroll (which would mean Hendry probably figures he has already committed $136M+ toward the Cubs 2010 MLB payroll, including Nady's potential $2M in performance bonuses and the estimated $5M that Theriot and Marmol will likely get eventually).

As for Theriot, even if the Cubs lose in arbitration and The Riot gets his $3.4M, that's not going to have a major negative impact on Cub payroll. If Nady reaches his max performance bonus ($2M) and Theriot gets $3.4M, that still would leave the Cubs projected 2010 payroll at $137M. So even if Hendry's absolute payroll ceiling is $140M (and I believe it has been reported that it's more like $143M), that should leave about $3M (or possibly as much as $6M) in available 2010 payroll that could be allocated toward a veteran MLB relief pitcher (like Jason Frasor) right now, although Hendry may want to hold $3M in reserve (perhaps the $3M that extends beyond $140M) in case he wants to make a mid-season trade or two. (Remember, a "$6M player" would cost the Cubs only $2M in 2010 payroll if the player is acquired at the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, because there is only 1/3 of the season left at that point).

If I had to guess, I would say Hendry figures right now he has about $3M (max) to spend on a veteran RH reliever with closer experience (to be a fall-back option in case Marmol gets hurt or implodes), and that $3M would pay for Jason Frasor's 2010 salary ($2.65M)--IF--the Cubs and Jays can agree on who the Jays would get back in the deal.

a 38 year old signed to a minor league deal...

...keep your panties on and your purse arm by your side, ladies.

big f'n deal.

cubs got 2 vet guys who may or may not make the team in him and tracy...meh...*shrug*...etc...

but hey, he's no milton bradley. he's good for 100-110 wins if he makes the roster.

Quit making sense.

How much did So Taguchi wind up making with the Cubs last year?

That's my favorite concert movie by the Chatting Heads.

Same as it ever was...
(chops at forearm)

This is not my beautiful wife!!!

Tracy over Millar any day

Looks like she's been going back for seconds at the Country Buffet pasta table. That didn't do Geo any favors last year...

OK, that was mean. Sorry.

Gopher holes in Fitch? Is Bill Murray the head groundskeep?

if you're looking for the user login, it's in the menu bar now...

Rob G.

I see the salad and sundae bar but no menu bar.

Cindy Sandberg, eat your heart out.

I wouldn't mind bumping into Anna Benson at Bernies after a game.

You'd probably do it five times ; )


She's racktacular.

Can I get an amen??

Beats looking at a guy with a KFC bucket on his head!

Back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun Times weighs in on the Millar signing, and shrugs:

"Millar, a 38-year-old right-handed first baseman on the decline the past several years, is not in the Cubs' realistic plans. Even with a good spring, there doesn't appear to be a spot for him to compete for in camp.

The Cubs plan to carry five outfielders and just two backup infielders - one of them being the second baseman who's not in the Opening Day lineup (between Jeff Baker and Mike Fontenot). The other backup infielder has to be able to play middle infield - in particular, short - and Piniella already said he expected that guy to be Andres Blanco."

I don't see how bringing Millar in helps the team at all. It seems he will be stealing some valauble ABs away from someone in Spring Training who could use them to develop, like Soriano.

In all seriousness, are they inviting him to impart a winning attitude or some leadership skills? Otherwise, why waste the spot?

I truly think that Hendry is simply doing Millar a favor by giving him an audiiton stage to demonstrate that he can still help someone, even if it isn't the Cubs.

In return, Millar provides six weeks of comic relief for a ST that is probably about two weeks too long for everyone involved anyway.

Seems like a fair deal.

I don't know. There are a lot of split squad games in Arizona. I'm not sure that, at least in the early weeks, getting your share of plate appearances is a problem.

Good point. The number of SS's should be up this year because there are 15 teams now.

a guy like millar would be great to have in spring given his attitude and the use of it in the past...and if he's willing to go to AAA he could probably keep the kids there loose while giving Iowa attendance something to look at.

maybe he'll get an injury or sept. callup if things go good for him. meh...

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  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

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    Call me lost.

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