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The Cubs make it official and hire Jaramillo

Oct 21, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

Or at least they will sometime today, according to ESPN’s Bruce Levine:

The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago’s next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday . . . The Rangers offered Jaramillo just a one-year deal at a modest raise over his 2009 contract of $650,000 to stay in Texas, sources said.

That’s a lot of dough for a hitting coach, especially considering that no one has ever really shown that hitting coaches, you know, do anything.  Still, Jaramillo has experience with Milton Bradley. And assuming they got along in Texas, simply having someone who can provide a buffer between Bradley and Piniella and whoever else Bradley is alienating at any given time may make this contract worthwhile.

  1. JBerardi - Oct 22, 2009 at 1:00 AM

    Surely this will solve all of the Cubs problems. Milton Bradley did well in Texas because of this guy. It had nothing to do with playing in a great hitter’s park in the DH league. Nothing at all.

  2. Dedra Jaksch - Feb 10, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Thanks for a insightfull post.

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