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Tekijawa
01-18-2005, 04:19 PM
http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/chc/news/chc_press_release.jsp?ymd=20050118&content_id=932213&vkey=pr_chc&fext=.jsp

santo=dorf
01-18-2005, 04:24 PM
I don't see any mention of an option for 2006 which makes this deal absolutely worthless.

Oct. 13, 2004 - 12:43 pm et


Scott Williamson needed a second Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He could miss all of next season.
During surgery, it was discovered Williamson pitched the last month with a completely torn ulnar collateral ligament, mangled cartilage ripped from the bone on the outer part of the elbow and several bone chips and loose bodies within the cavity of the joint. "I couldn't believe what I saw," said Dr. Tim Kremchek. "It looked like a grenade had gone off in there. The damage was far worse that the MRIs or any examination alluded to." Williamson, set to become a free agent, will probably sign an incentive-laden two-year deal with some team.
Source: Boston Herald (http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=48822)

BTW, there's a new forum for Cubbie crap.:cool:

Ol' No. 2
01-18-2005, 04:40 PM
He's going to be "invited to big league camp"? Uhhh. Why?

ChiWhiteSox1337
01-18-2005, 04:43 PM
Could the cubs organization get any worse? First they pass up Matt Mantei willing to pitch for the league minimum and then they sign Williamson who won't even pitch in 2005 barring some sort of miracle. Oh well, I'll enjoy watching LaTroy Hawkins and Joe Borowski blow a lot of saves this season. :smile:

SOXintheBURGH
01-18-2005, 05:17 PM
Wow... that Jim Hendry > Epstein + Cashman + Beane combined.

Ol' No. 2
01-18-2005, 05:21 PM
Hendry is not an idiot. There has to be an option for 2006 that just wasn't mentioned in the story. Either that, or he IS an idiot.

MUsoxfan
01-18-2005, 05:22 PM
Jim Hendry never ceases to amaze me. Just when you think he's done nothing all winter long....he goes and does something like this to totally redeems himself:D: What a big move to bring into the Lemming convention this weekend

Vsahajpal
01-18-2005, 10:39 PM
Hendry is not an idiot. There has to be an option for 2006 that just wasn't mentioned in the story. Either that, or he IS an idiot.

There is indeed a club option for '06.

santo=dorf
01-18-2005, 11:07 PM
There is indeed a club option for '06.

....and it's only $2 million. Not a bad signing at the moment, but let's see how it works in the long run. The same can be said with Ryan Dempster.

ChiWhiteSox1337
01-19-2005, 12:20 AM
Even with the '06 option, this move doesn't help them this year with the blackhole that they have at the closer role. $2 million is a nice price if he can bounce back to his pre-injury numbers, but that's a big if.

Ol' No. 2
01-19-2005, 09:29 AM
Even with the '06 option, this move doesn't help them this year with the blackhole that they have at the closer role. $2 million is a nice price if he can bounce back to his pre-injury numbers, but that's a big if.I assume that's a club option with a buyout, probably $1M or less. I'd take that risk.

SoxFanTillDeath
01-19-2005, 10:15 AM
2 million for a guy who "had a grenade go off in his shoulder" and you say that's not a major waste of money? I guess it really doesn't matter since the league's luxury tax has absolutely no teeth, but I think the Cubs are falling into the trap the Sox have been in for the last few years where they are constantly looking to catch lightning in a bottle rather than spend a little more and get a consistent performer.

Lip Man 1
01-19-2005, 01:13 PM
Sox Fan Till Death:

When your payroll is nearing 100 million dollars what's a two million dollar risk?

That's peanuts.

Lip

Clement's beard
01-19-2005, 01:22 PM
This signing officially falls in the huge risk, huge reward category. Williamson is very nasty and when he is on, he is virtually unhittable. He is supposed to ready in July and for the major league minimum in 05, what's to lose? That arm of his was a real mess so we will see.

Rocky Soprano
01-19-2005, 02:26 PM
Sox Fan Till Death:

When your payroll is nearing 100 million dollars what's a two million dollar risk?

That's peanuts.

Lip

So I guess spending money wise is not what is all about, its just having a 100 million dollar payroll. No wonder those damn Cubs win every year

Lip Man 1
01-19-2005, 06:28 PM
Because for two million dollars the potential reward is well within the risk for the amount of money paid out. If he was being paid 10 million, that's a different story.

Lip