The Chicago Cubs signed Joey Gathright to a 1-year, $800,000 deal. Gathright is a left-handed hitting outfielder who will fit into the bench plans for Manager Lou Pinella and the Cubs in 2009. Gathright is a career .263 hitter and has a career on-base percentage of .328. In 105 games in 2008, Gathright stole 21 bases for the Kansas City Royals.
Gathright will get most of his playing time in late innings during double-switches or when the Cubs need a stolen base. He fills a left-handed hitting void and he is versatile enough to play all 3 outfield positions. Gathright also played for Pinella during his time in Tampa Bay from 2004-6, so Lou knows his strengths and weaknesses from that relationship.
After all the Peavy talk and all the Ibanez or Bradley talk, this signing is somewhat disappointing. If this is the “big move” that Hendry has been waiting for, we’re in for a long 2009.
Come on Jim – let’s get in the action. The way it’s going, I don’t believe for a second that $ isn’t an issue with the Cubs free agent signings. The way the Cubs are taking a back seat this off-season, money must be tight for the new potential buyers. They’re excuse for not making the Peavy trade was that the Padres wanted too many players and that they needed to save some money to sign a left-handed hitting bat for the middle of the lineup. If the Cubs don’t move ahead with the signing of that left-handed hitter, this off-season will be a complete bust for Hendry and the Cubs.
Come on Jim – let’s make a deal already…