The Chicago Cubs are looking for left-handed hitting outfield help. One man that could fit that role is Mark Teahen – the Royals right fielder who has also played left field, first base and third base. Although Teahen’s numbers dropped during the 2008 MLB season, he did hit 15 home runs with 59 RBI’s in 572 at-bats. His batting average was only .255 and his on-base percentage was .313. In 2006, Teahen hit .290 in 393 at-bats, with 18 home runs, 69 RBI’s and a .357 on-base percentage. In 2007, Teahen hit .285 in 544 at-bats, with 7 home runs, 60 RBI’s and a .353 on-base percentage.
The Royals appear to want Sean Marshall and Mike Fontenot in return for the 27-year old Teahen. Marshall appeared in 34 games for the Cubs in 2008, with 7 starts. He was a versatile and dependable pitcher, who had a 3.86 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Marshall walked only 23 batters in 65 1/3 innings. Mike Fontenot was a left-handed hitting spark plug for the Cubs at the 2nd base position. In 243 at-bats, Fontenot hit .305 with a .395 on-base percentage. He also hit 9 home runs and drover in 40 runs in limited play. Fontenot also came through with a ton of clutch hits that don’t appear in the box score, and gave Manager Lou Pinella flexibility to play Mark De Rosa in Right Field when Kosuke Fukodome hit the 2nd half wall once summertime arrived.
In my opinion, giving up both players for Teahen is way too much. Each player played a vital role in the Cubs success last year and were good influences in the locker room. Teahen’s drop in numbers coincides with MLB’s crackdown on steroid use, so who knows if Teahen was caught up in all the “steroid-hype”. Plus, giving up a Marshall will all but mean that any deal for Padres starter Jake Peavy is done.
Message to Cubs GM Jim Hendry – don’t do it unless we get David DeJesus instead of Mark Teahen or we only part with one of the 2 Cubs discussed above.