As has been reported in many places, the Cubs inked Scott Eyre today to a two-year deal with an option for the third year. It’s one of the first free agent signings, and Eyre will certainly solidify the Cubs’ pen.
If you think $3MM+ per year is a little much for a lefty reliever with a 4.52 career ERA, you’re probably right. The Cubs are paying a premium for the safer choice by signing the 33 year-old. The deal still looks to be better than the three year pact Hendry gave to Mike Remlinger. Eyre should have at least one or two solid years for the Cubs.
Hendry’s initial moves this offseason were summed up nicely by Bleed Cubbie Blue commenter zambranofan:
"Hendry has been filling the roster with players who fit typical roles…and overpaying slightly for them. $3M a year for a LOOGY? $2.5M a year for a backup middle infielder? $3M a year for a sixth starter and swing man?"
It’s the quick fix approach to building a contender, and it should be an active offseason for the North Siders. This will be a significantly different team in 2006.
Thanks to Ben K.