The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of doing what they do so well in the Jim Hendry era: resigning the players they want to keep.

Unfortunately, they’re also on the verge of doing what they do so crappily: signing middle relievers with short track records of success to contracts for too much money and too many years.

Free agent pitcher John Grabow and the Chicago Cubs are close to agreeing on a two-year contract worth nearly $7.5 million for the left-handed pitcher.

Grabow, who was traded to the Cubs last summer from Pittsburgh, will be the North Siders’ primary set-up man from the left side before Cubs manager Lou Piniella goes to new closer Carlos Marmol.

A source with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal should be done by Thursday. Friday is Nov. 20, the date that free agents can begin negotiating with other teams on money and years. ESPN Chicago.

Let’s hope this works out better than Kyle Farnsworth. Or Bobby Howry. Oh, or Scott Eyre. Or Mark Guthrie. And Mike Remlinger. Oh yeah, and LaTroy Hawkins.

  • Joe Mama

    Ridiculous to sign a middle reliever to that much money.

  • biggz


    Bidding against yourself again, eh, Hendry?

    This has Bobby Howry and Scott Eyre written all over it.

  • DK

    Kent Mercker was good though…Heh…

    • Ace

      Good memory.