Juan Pierre is a Cub. What about Aubrey Huff and Julio Lugo?
Miguel Tejada: The Cubs Wild Card?
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As most of the Cubs Faithful were dreaming of Miguel Tejada playing on the Northside of Chicago in 2006, the possibility is there. Yes, I said it….the possibility is there. According to several Internet, newspaper and radio stations the Cubs have contacted the Orioles about Tejada. Bruce Miles from the Daily Herald mentioned the Cubs interest in Tejada. Bruce Levine from ESPN 1000 in Chicago said the Cubs contacted the Orioles about Tejada. Holden Kushner on XM Radio said the Cubs make the most sense and Jeff Zrebiec, from the Baltimore Sun, was on with Holden later in the day and said the Cubs had contacted the Orioles and agreed with Kushner on the possibility of Tejada going to the Cubs. Both Kushner and Zrebiec said the Red Sox trade would not be done.
I have always been a numbers guy. I believe the numbers do not lie and I became curious to compare the numbers between several players I think got the job done in 2005 with the players the Cubs are interested in adding for 2006. Here is what I found out…
Before I start breaking down the numbers, let me add that I believe in TEAM FIRST and PLAYER SECOND. If a player can put the team first, the numbers, awards and trophies will all take care of themselves.
With the recent addition of Juan Pierre, I thought I would look at two other leadoff hitters, that in my opinion, made a huge impact on their teams success in 2005: David Eckstein of the Cardinals and Scott Podsednik of the White Sox.
- Pierre’s numbers with the Marlins in 2005 were: 162 games, .276 avg., 181 hits, 19 doubles, 13 triples, 2 home runs, 47 RBI’s, 41 walks, 45 strikeouts, 57 stolen bases, .326 OBP, .354 SLG and a .988 fielding percentage (4 errors).
- Eckstein’s numbers with the Cardinals in 2005 were: 158 games, .294 avg., 185 hits, 26 doubles, 7 triples, 8 home runs, 61 RBI’s, 58 walks, 44 strikeouts, 11 stolen bases, .363 OBP, .395 SLG and .981 fielding percentage.
- Podsednik’s numbers with the White Sox in 2005 were: 128 games, .290 avg., 147 hits, 28 doubles, 1 triple, 0 home runs (until the post-season), 25 RBI’s, 47 walks, 75 strikeouts, 59 stolen bases, .351 OBP, .349 SLG and a .989 fielding percentage.
Julio Lugo could become a big piece to the puzzle for the Cubs in 2006. With the Cubs just adding Juan Pierre, Lugo would probably hit second for the Cubbies. Although Alfonso Soriano is a power hitter, I thought I would throw him in for good measure. Tadahito Iguchi gave the White Sox an excellent bridge between Podsednik and the heart of the White Sox order.
- Lugo’s numbers with the Devil Rays in 2005 were: 158 games, .295 avg., 182 hits, 36 doubles, 6 triples, 6 home runs, 57 RBI’s, 61 walks, 72 strikeouts, 39 stolen bases, .326 OBP, .403 SLG and a .968 fielding percentage.
- Iguchi’s numbers with the White Sox in 2005 were: 135 games, .278 avg., 142 hits, 25 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, 71 RBI’s, 47 walks, 114 strikeouts, 15 stolen bases, .342 OBP, .438 SLG and a .978 fielding percentage.
- Soriano’s numbers with the Rangers in 2005 were: 156 games, .268 avg., 171 hits, 43 doubles, 2 triples, 36 home runs, 104 RBI’s, 33 walks, 125 strikeouts, 30 stolen bases, .309 OBP, .512 SLG and a .972 fielding percentage.
Aubrey Huff, Kevin Mench and Milton Bradley have all been mentioned as possibilities to fill the Cubs vacancy in right field. All of these guys have similar numbers, but Bradley has a very questionable past. I have included Bradley’s numbers from 2004; he had an injury-shortened season in 2005. Aubrey Huff could give the Cubs a younger version of Jeromy Burnitz. Huff can also play first and third base. I have included Burnie’s numbers for comparison.
- Huff’s numbers with the Devil Rays in 2005 were: 154 games, .261 avg., 150 hits, 26 doubles, 22 home runs, 92 RBI’s, 49 walks, 88 strikeouts, .321 OBP, .428 SLG and a .986 fielding percentage.
- Mench’s numbers with the Rangers in 2005 were: 150 games, .264 avg., 147 hits, 33 doubles, 25 home runs, 73 RBI’s, 50 walks, 68 strikeouts, .328 OBP, .484 SLG and a .987 fielding percentage.
- Bradley’s numbers with the Dodgers in 2004 were: 141 games, .267 avg., 138 hits, 24 doubles, 19 home runs, 67 RBI’s, 71 walks, 123 strikeouts, .362 OBP, .424 SLG and a .977 fielding percentage.
- Burnitz’s numbers with the Cubs in 2005 were: 160 games, .258 avg., 156 hits, 31 doubles, 24 home runs, 87 RBI’s, 57 walks, 109 strikeouts, .322 OBP, .435 SLG and a .984 fielding percentage.
The Rangers are reportedly asking for a number 2 starting pitcher for Mench and the Devil Rays are looking for young prospects to build for the future. Could Hendry work a deal with the Devil Rays? Aubrey Huff and Julio Lugo could fill the holes in 2006.
Just to be fair, I thought I would look at Miguel Tejada’s numbers from 2005. Here they are: 162 games, 199 hits, 50 doubles, 5 triples, 26 home runs, 98 RBI’s, 40 walks, 83 strikeouts, 5 stolen bases, .349 OBP, .515 SLG and a .972 fielding percentage (21 errors). Plus Tejada has not missed a game in 5 years.
Tejada is who everyone will be looking at, but the second tier players are the ones that help TEAMS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.
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