Paul Bako is a Chicago Cub (For Ril, Again)

Bako or “The” Bako has been the Cubs’ primary backup catcher target
since Henry Blanco bolted for San Diego – actually, Bako was the
target in lieu of Blanco, hence Blanco bolting. One could question
what exactly Bako provides that Koyie Hill couldn’t (except a few more
fingers), but at least Bako isn’t going to cost the $750k that was
previously speculated.

The Cubs finalized a one-year contract with veteran backup
catcher Paul Bako, who previously played for the team in 2003-2004.
Bako will get a salary in the neighborhood of $500,000, according to
multiple reports over the past few weeks, to serve as the backup to
reigning National League Rookie of the year Geovany Soto.

Bako, 36, a defensive-minded catcher, hit .217 in 99 games for the
Reds last season and bats left-handed. Soto is a right-handed hitter.
Cubs.com.

That is some hard-ass hitting reporting right there. Soto? Right-handed? Zoinks!

I love the “defensive-minded” preface leading into the joke of a
batting average. Yes, we get it. He’s possibly the worst hitter since
Mendoza. Again, I say: could Koyie Hill really be worse? And does it
really matter that you’re a “left-handed” hitter if that only means
you can hit .215 against righties instead of the .180 you hit against
lefties?

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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