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Expect Jaramillo To Be Named Shortly

Expect the Cubs to put the money where their mouth is by making former Texas Rangers coach Rudy Jaramillo the highest paid hitting coach in baseball history sometime in the next couple of days. He is expected to sign a multi-year deal for approximately $800,000 dollars. They reportedly beat out a handful of other clubs who were also offering big money and a multi year deal. However, he sees the Cubs as a golden opportunity to turn around a talented team and help to get them back to the postseason. New owner Tom Ricketts approved the increase in payroll to land the talented teacher as the Cubs try to get back to the level of run production that helped fuel their 97 win team in 2008.

He is widely considered the best hitting coach in baseball but he will have his hands full trying to turn around a group of hitters who struggled in 2009. His first project is expected to be 2008 NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto who had a terrible season in 2009 slumping mightily in both batting average and in the power department.

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JobbaJibba said:

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"He is expected to sign a multi-year deal for approximately $800,000 dollars"....I think you meant either $800,000 annually...or $2.5M in total.

Either way...whippity doo da. We got a hitting coach?

joeydafish said:

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Here's hoping that Ricketts will approve another increase in payroll, that being "the highest paid GM in baseball" as long as it's NOT Hendry. Listening to Kap on the radio I can't help but think he is being civil and respectful of Hendry which is very commendable considering Kap's position....BUT...do I sense the frustration of Hendry's terrible moves of Soriano, Fukodome, Bradley, Miles, Gregg (sigh) bubbling to the surface in his commentary? By the way, who do you suppose the handful of other teams were that Hendry "beat out"? (Thank God for Hendry and his keen ability to work diligently at beating out other teams for the TOP FREE AGENTS available no matter if they are players, managers or now COACHES) The Hendry Cubs, The Hendry Chicago Cubs, The Himself Cubs and Just The Cubs. Way to go Hendry, now we can expect Soto to hit again, Soriano to be 5 years younger and hustle after balls, Bradley to be a saint, Fukodome to stop cork screwing himself into the ground, and Miles? He'll even hit his weight. The 800,000 per year would have been better spent on the best "free agent GM coach" available because that's the guy that really needs the help!

melissa said:

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Kap, Why will Jaramillo be named, Shortly? I thought his name was Rudy. Is he a diminutive man?

backslap said:

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Its official Rudy J is coiming to the Cubs at the price of $2.5 million over three years....Kap will talk about the "best in the business" ad nasuem tonight, check that there's a Hawks game tonight...whew! never mind

joeydafish said:

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Melissa, surely you jest?....and don't call me Shirley, HA.
Nice one.
Allright, according to backslap Jaramillo is now a Cub. Let the good times roll as Hendry lands yet another "big fish" for his pond full of overpaid carp (crap?). The only difference with Jaramillo is he may actually come as advertised and help some if not most of the hitters improve at least a little. This certainly will take some heat off Hendry and deflect some scrutiny away from the REALLY, REALLY BAD JOB HE DID AS A GM IN 2009, not to mention how all his back-loaded, no-trade, LONG-TERM contracts are coming around in 2010 to bite not just him in the rear but us fans as well. Nice job positioning the team for a long run of defensiveley challenged outfielders and overswinging "sluggers". But not to worry Hendry signed Jaramillo!!! What a genius GM. This hurts to say a s long time Cub fan but give me Kenny Williams and HIS Gordon Beckham any day.

Ryno said:

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To be fair, I recall Cubs management a few years ago saying they were going to build the team to win "now" and what we're starting to see is the fallout of a team built to win "now". Let the record show they won back-to-back division titles, so we don't walk away from that empty-handed, but to move forward they're going to have to go through a rebuilding period, or at least a mini-rebuilding period.

I say mini-rebuilding because unlike some truly terrible teams in recent memory, the Cubs have a lot of useful parts, so I don't think they'll have to completely gut the roster.

joeydafish said:

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Kap,if the Cubs are trying to get back to the level of the 97 win run production they enjoyed in 2007 wouldn't they go after a hitting coach with similar credentials? Oh, I forgot, Hendry sacrificed Gerald Perry to the baseball Gods of SCAPEGOATS in order to save his own skin and deflect blame. I'm glad I don't have to live with myself after doing something like that knowing it was me who single-handedly destructed a 97 win team.

Ryno said:

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Jaramillo for President! Si se peude!

joeydafish said:

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Ryno, a winning record does not equal winning anything.
The Cubs did not win "then".
Hendry blew it by going for the name recognition over substance.
He should have stayed the course of acquiring TALENTED ballplayes
like he did with Ramirez and Lee, since then he has been sailing WAY OFF COURSE in his methods, spending foolishly as well.

joeydafish said:

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O.K. Ryno, did the Cubs win anything "now"?? No.
A winning record doesn't come with a trophy.
Hendry blew it by going for name recognition, hi profile acquisitions and he failed. He should have gone after substance and talent instead of spending foolishly for the likes of Soriano, Fukodome, Bradley, Miles, Gregg etc. He had the right approach when he acquired both Ramirez and Lee, two under the radar guys with talent, since then Hendry has been blinded by the spotlights of being a "headline" maker. We're as much stuck with HIM as he is with his overpriced boys.

Ryno said:

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I'm not defending Hendry, bro. He had a brutal 2008-09 off season and tends to get the worst value for the money in all of baseball. I think you give Atlanta or Florida a $130 mil payroll and they'll dominate the league. Hendry, however, just skims by.

Disagree on Fuku, btw. I think Fukudome is a positive for the team.

IvyChatChuck said:

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Hendry also had a brutal 1995-2002 and 2004-2006.

JobbaJibba said:

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Or basically any year that he didn't have the Tribune stamping any player contract that came across their nose. He's only good at taking salary dumps from other teams...he constantly gets ass raped when trying to dump players himself.

IvyChatChuck said:

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Well, 2003 was 3 Hendry home grown pitchers (two of whom where "can't miss" conventional wisdom draft picks), and a huge dump of Turd Hundley for very usable parts.

But the down slope from 2004 to 2005 bottoming out in 2006 was all on Hendry.

joeydafish said:

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Sure Hendry got very usable parts for Turd Hundley but did not "pry them away" from the other team...uh who signed Hundley again? 3-4 years after his prime???

David Kaplan said:

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Just so you have the facts straight. Hendry did not sign Todd Hundley. That was an Andy MacPhail and Ed Lynch production.

joeydafish said:

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Ryno, better to agree on Hendry's brutality and disagree on Fukodome's value to the team. However, although Fukodome brings some value he certainly doesn't compare to the other right fielders that could have been brought in by Hendry and certainly is not an offensive THREAT to make an opposing pitcher break a sweat thereby confirming your well stated comment that even concerning Fukodome Hendry once again did not get the bang for his buck. BUT, I'm more likely to accept Fukodome's positive role on the team if he were surrounded by more talented playes to offset his offensive shortcomings. Certainly wouldn't label him a bust like some other Hendry signings. Go Cubs.

CubsW said:

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Texas Rangers MLB on-base percentage ranking, last 7 years:

'09 24th
'08 3rd
'07 22nd
'06 12th
'05 15th
'04 21st
'03 18th

This is not what we need as an organization. Until management understands the importance of high-OBP, working the count, taking walks, etc., we will not have a consistent offense. I don't understand the signing at all.

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