Contrary to my own speculation – you know, perfectly logical, understandable speculation – the impending Bobby Howry signing will not be for a minor league deal, despite his implosion in Arizona this year. No, it will be for a major league deal, and he’s expected to join the bullpen as early as today.

The Chicago Cubs will sign veteran relief pitcher Bob Howry to a contract on Friday before they take the field against the Texas Rangers for a three-game series, according to a source close to Howry.

Howry, who’s previously pitched for the Cubs and Chicago White Sox, was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend. The 36-year-old veteran mostly likely will be used in the sixth and seventh innings by manager Lou Piniella. ESPN Chicago.

Obviously this screams desperation – but then again, I guess the Cubs are desperate.

It also screams disaster. Howry had absolutely nothing this year in Arizona, and although his 2009 season in San Francisco was good, it was undoubtedly park-inflated (or deflated, I guess). Before that, he was with the Cubs, and, well, is there anyone here who remembers him fondly?

Howry’s arrival will spell doom for one of the arms in the pen, and although we’d love it to be John Grabow, there’s little hope there. Most likely, recent-arrival Jeff Stevens will head on back to AAA Iowa after a very brief stay with the big club.

  • Dingo

    I need Valium

  • WhippingBoy

    Upper ups have flipped their fucking lids.

  • Dave A

    SIgn BOB HOWRY??????? are they OUT OF THEIR GODDAM MINDS??? I know the bullpen is awful, but the reason we got rid of this turd in the first place is he was terrible 2 years ago. I doubt he’s gotten better. Plus he’s dragging a 10.67 era with him?? Just let the 100th paying customer of the day pitch out of the pen. Couldn’t be any worse. Maybe scratch off tickets, you win, you pitch that day. Signing Bob Howry, doesn’t get anymore pathetic or desperate than that. GEEEEZZUZ!!!!

  • rylan

    It will be justin berg to iowa, david patton DFA’d.

    • Ace

      Thanks rylan, just saw that. I’m fine with both – less fine with the 2009 endeavor that was keep-David-Patton-at-all-costs, however.

      • rylan

        yeah we were being penny pinchers last year. putting the kid on the DL for what seemed like the entire year.

        • Bric

          Penny pinching and Hendry too proud or arrogant to admit Patton was rule 5 chance that didn’t work out. He lost us a good five games early in the season and Hendry kept saying “We’re not giving him back. I know good pitching. Yada, yada, yada”.

  • jstraw

    I’m ready to see the last of Hendry and Piniella. It’s just a waiting game now. Let’s see if Ricketts has a pair.

  • Jeff

    Well, he can’t really be much worse than Grabow is. Even if he comes in and has an era of 5 plus, he’d still be a vast improvement over Zambrano and Grabow. How sad is that?