Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Welcome Back Lieber
The Cubs signed 37 year-old righty Jon Lieber to a one-year $3.5 million dollar contract today, because apparently Jon wants to be able to afford to buy another huge ass truck someday soon.
Lieber last pitched for the Flubs from 1999-2002, and was 20-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 2001, somehow finishing fourth in the National League Cy Young voting that year. He compiled a 48-36 record in 121 starts for Chicago, which pretty much makes him the most reliable Cub pitcher in the last 10 years.
Cub general manager/heart attack death waiting to happen Jim Hendry had this to say about the acquisition, "We're trying to get as much volume as we can, depth-wise, in the rotation to make it more competitive in camp. We're trying to accumulate as many quality pitchers as we can. We think he adds a lot still to our club."
The addition of Lieber to the potential starter list that includes Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Rich Hill, Jason Marquis, Ryan Dempster, Sean Marshall, Sean Gallagher and Kevin Hart should make Cubs fans pretty bonerific, but remember, it's the Cubs we're talking about here. They could fuck up the chances of nailing even the drunkest of sorority sluts.
I think I like the black Kevin Hart better (not really but you get the idea) but according to Hendry, the "Great White Hart" can pitch. Personally, I don't trust anyone who comes from Maryland.
I still say the Cubs' rotation is mediocre at best. Beyond Zambrano, who is prone to being a complete fucking idiot at times, only Ted Lilly really looks like a consistent productive starter. Jason Marquis likes to throw BP-like pitches and Sean Marshall can serve up the efice with the best of 'em. It's a good thing you have all those bats to put up runs for those lame arms.