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Gettin’ the band back together: the Cubs have some interest in Varitek, Wakefield

Dec 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have some interest in Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield. Nothing is imminent, and this sounds a lot more like someone sayin’ “ya know, we could do this …” than anything else.

Still, it would be fun. Sort of like that time the Saints hired Bum Phillips and signed Ken Stabler and Earl Campbell.  That worked so well.

What? I’m old. Sue me.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    You know what? I’m down.

    Varitek > Koyie Hill offensively (Varitek’s UPS was .723; Hill’s was a pathetic .545), and Wakefield would be a nice long reliever/SP. Both guys could probably be had for like $4-5 million total. It would be fun to see.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

      I meant OPS. I don’t care what parcel carrier they use. Though I do prefer UPS.

      • bigleagues - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        OPS = Occupy Parcel Service

      • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:37 PM


      • 18thstreet - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

        I’m so glad that Halladay’s Biceps joined this board again. It’s a blast to give thumbs down to even the smallest comments.

    • Alex K - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      Hill > Varitek defensively by a mile and a half. And while you gotta love the knuckleballer, I would perfer to love this knuckleballer from a distance. Why waste roster spots on old guys that probably won’t even help that much and cost more than the minimum?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

        Hill is great defensively but he is so bad with a bat that it’s excrutiating for me to watch him. I’d simply rather have Varitek.

      • Alex K - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        Last year’s fWAR

        Hill- -.4 fWAR -.9 rWAR
        Varitek- .5 fWAR 0 rWAR

        There might be a win to be had with the switch, but that assumes that Varitek produces the same in his age 40 season. Hill is a better defender and is going to be playing his age 33 season so there is less of a chance of him falling off a cliff (as short of a fall as that is). Plus, Hill will probably be cheaper.

      • blueintown - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Koyie Hill is already gone.

      • bigleagues - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:52 PM

        .545 OPS – Hill is a AAA Catcher. ’nuff said.

        The linchpin for a Varitek deal is the signing of Wakefield.

        Tek will catch Wake and a handful of other games. Depending on Wakefield’s back, his knuckler can be every bit as baffling in any one season – or stretch of season in 2012 as it was in 2008. The thing for Wakefield or anyone who throws the knuckler is routine and repetition. And if his back is healthy and he knows he’s going out there every 5 days, you will get 170-200 IP over 30 or so Starts with an ERA in the low-mid 4.00’s. His professionalism has always been noted (and despite his flirtation with membership in the Pollo Posse) and he is a tremendous contributor to the community. I guarantee if Wake retires a Cub he will be working for Theo in some capacity. And the Cubs and the Chicago will better for it.

      • Alex K - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

        Varitek didn’t catch Wakefield in Boston, why would he start now?

        And there is no law that says Wakefield can’t retire with a different team and help out with whatever he might be good at in the Cubs front office without playing for the Cubs.

        I don’t think the Cubs should sign either Wakefield or Varitek. That doesn’t mean I want them to sign Hill, either. Between Hill and Varitek we are basically talking about replacement level players (Hill well below as a hitter, Varitek well below as a defender), so why not give a young player with even a little bit of upside a chance to back up Soto for the minimum salary?

      • blueintown - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM

        Because Hill is already gone.

      • Alex K - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:27 AM

        And Varitek isn’t on the team either, what’s your point?

        Why not give a young player with a bit of upside a shot to be the back up catcher?

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      I tell you Matt…you are totally discounting the job the folks at FedEx do.
      They pack it…AND ship it.

  2. bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Varitek’s UPS was .723??? You saying that he “mailed it in” every day? LOL

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      How does it feel to have a few thumbs up? You’re welcome.

      • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        Doesn’t matter to me either way.

        But we cool.

    • bigleagues - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      I love ‘Tek, but this comment is tremendous!

  3. ras1tafari - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    grab the recylcing bin too on the way out to the dumspster, Theo. Thanks.

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Can JD Drew and Mike Cameron be far behind?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Don’t even. I’d rather have Damon and Crisp.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Maybe the Cubs are trying to get sponsership from Geritol.

  6. bigleagues - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    PERFECT stop gap solutions for the remodeling Cubs.

    Some senior player leadership by two-time World Series winners is a great addition for the young Cubbies.

    Wakefield can get his 200 victories for Red Sox fans as he plays for Theo. Close enough Wakey Pooh.

    • bozosforall - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      Just so long as Clemens gets to keep his Red Sox record. LMAO

  7. j0esixpack - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Throw in the beer and fried chicken and we’ve got a deal!

  8. hushbrother - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    If he signs with the Cubs, someone will have to tell ‘Tek that the “C” on his jersey doesn’t mean he’s still the team captain.

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