Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Cubs Deal Lee To Giants, To Start Hoffpauir At 1st*
Hoffpauir is hitting .287/.323/.587 in 88 spring training at-bats, with a team-leading six home runs. Lee is hitting .314/.364/.471 in 51 at-bats with one home run. Matt Cain is having a rough spring, with a 1-2 record, and a 6.04 ERA, but he had the second-best ERA on the team among starters last year with a 3.76 ERA, good for a 116 ERA+. Last year marked the third straight season of 190 or more innings pitched by the 23-year-old.
To make room for Hoffpauir in the starting lineup, Jim Hendry took my suggestion from last October 22 (and to think, so many of you laughed at me when I suggested this) and, after several weeks' worth of secret negotiations carried out at the Paradise Bakery in Scottsdale (the very same location where Nomar Garciaparra himself, the subject of one of Hendry's biggest deals, was spotted buying bagels and coffee during spring training in 2005), Hendry convinced San Francisco GM Brian Sabean to take the two remaining years on Derrek Lee's contract in exchange for pitcher Matt Cain.
*And happy April Fool's Day to everyone!