Ryan Theriot is handeling the loss of his arbitration case with class–at least for the time being.
He will be paid $2.6M for the upcoming season, more or less confirming Theriot is an average shortstop who will be paid accordingly.
Theriot was quick to point out there’s no bitterness on his end. I say, hogwash–how could there not be?
He’s been the starting shortstop for three seasons, helped the Cubs win two division titles and has shown improvement to his game each season. Although I tend to believe Hendry’s offer was a fair one, Theriot’s got to feel cheated.
The Southern Gentleman in Theriot seemingly has him taking the high road. So far there’s been no low-blows towards Jim Hendry, his eventual replacement at short, Starlin Castro, or the Cubs.
I respect that immensely, and I’ll root for Theriot even more because of it.
In a perfect world such class would be worth one’s asking price. But in baseball’s world the Cubs’ win is Theriot’s loss.