What do MLB teams see in Corey Patterson?
6 sub-par season with Cubs (2000-2005).
7 different teams have signed him since.
He’s 33-years-old and hasn’t played in the majors in more than a year…
And here the Mets are saying “Hey, let’s take a flyer on this guy.”
It’s a minor league deal, but still…there’s no one else?
Patterson is the quintessential Replacement Level (WAR) Player…
Actually, he’s slightly less…and yet, this could be his 13th seasons in the bigs.
The man will seemingly play forever…MLB teams love this guy.
Don’t ask me why.
John Vander Wal was the hitting equivalent of a ‘loogy’: an average big leaguer whose left-handed swing kept in the game until he was 38.
His lifetime career average vs. right-handed pitching is .267 with an .819 OPS. He also amassed 126 career pinch hits, 17 of which were home runs.
Vander Wal never played for the Cubs but frequently played against the North Siders while spending the later half of his career on a rust belt tour of the NL Central. First Pittsburgh, then Milwaukee and finally Cincinnati (2004).
Jim Edmonds followed Vander Wal’s lead four years later when he left St. Louis and ended up with the Cubs in May of 2008 at the ripe age of 38.
Chicago parted ways with Edmonds after one season despite his 19 HR, 49 RBI and 135 OPS+ in 85-games. He took the next year off and then signed with Milwaukee, who in turn traded Edmonds to the Reds in August of 2010; his ‘John Vander Wal Tour of Duty’ now complete.
Corey Patterson is another who’s stepped into Vander Wal’s footprints. A lefty batter who broke in with the Cubs and later bounced from Cincinnati to Milwaukee to St. Louis (among other stops).
And now another left-handed journeyman, and former Cub, is on the brink of turning the Vander Wal trick. Cesar Izturis, 33, who played for the Cubs (2006-07), the Pirates (2007), St. Louis (2008) and Milwaukee (2012) has signed a minor league deal with the Reds.
In the name of John Vander Wal, who’s next! Louis Valbuena, Tony Campana, Brett Jackson?
Cubs transactions history January 9th:
- 2010: Sign free agent Bryan LaHair
- 2009: Sign free agent Milton Bradley (3-year, $30 million) Ugh.
- 2006: Trade Corey Patterson to Baltimore for LHP Carlos Perez & 2B Nate Spears
Mike Quade is the Rod Marinelli of baseball, keeping continuous optimism despite long odds in the face of reality.
Marinelli’s Detroit Lions famously finished the 2008 season winless at 0-16. Quade’s crew is racing towards baseball’s equivalent of 100-losses.
Like Marinelli, Quade refuses to face the music, which is admirable to some degree, but the rest of us, including Cubs players, acknowledge this season is long gone…and has been for some time.
Quade’s denial of the real situation–the Cubs stink–is disheartening. And his unwillingness to address reality is reaffirming the notion Quade isn’t cut out for the job, which is tough to swallow for a guy who’s likeable, but seemingly in over his head.
So while Cubs fans discuss whether or not the team should hold a fire-sale, Quade talks about contending, the same way Marinelli stood at the post game podium and spoke of winning ways on Detroit’s horizon.
I’ve been torn on whether or not Quade will return as the Cubs skipper. And to a large degree, that has a lot to do with whether or not Jim Hendry returns as the GM.
However, Quade’s blind optimism has done little to inspire the Cubs play. They’ve followed up the season’s first three-game winning streak with two poorly played games in Milwaukee…the beat goes on.
Marinelli lasted three rounds before his dismissal in Detroit. Quade, however, won’t be as fortunate. His unwavering optimism appears to be the fatal blow to a one-&-done stint on the North Side.
How is it the Cubs pursue Jason Frasor for three years but the White Sox land him in a trade for Mark Teahen?
The hometown kid, Frasor, who grew up a Cubs fan mind you, is a very serviceable right-handed reliever. He’s posted a 2.98 ERA in 44 games…pitching in the AL East, nonetheless.
Teahen, meanwhile, has had trouble keeping up with his $4.75M contract hitting .203, 3 HR, 11 RBI in 51 games. And he’s due $5.5M in 2012!
At first blush, if Teahen was all it took to land Frasor it’s hard to believe the Cubs couldn’t make a better offer this season or in years past.
A real head-scratcher if you ask me.
Corey Patterson A Cardinal
The former Cubs outfielder was traded today from Toronto to St. Louis as part of an eight-player swap.
-Blue Jays get: CF Colby Rasmus, LHP Trever Miller, LHP Brian Tallet and RHP P.J. Walters
-Cardinals get: RHP Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel, LHP Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson
Patterson this season:
.252, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 13 SB, 89 games.
-First chance to boo Patterson at Wrigley Field: Friday August 19th.
The major league road has been a long and winding one for Eric Patterson.
He’s been back-and-fourth from coast to coast…bounced up and down from the minor leagues…and been a prized trade-piece in several notable deals along the way.
Since being drafted by Chicago in the eighth round of the 2004 draft, Patterson has changed teams three times since his Cubs debut in August 2007.
Much like his older brother, Corey, the younger Patterson has been coveted for his potential, which has yet to turn into production.
Andy MacPhail, former CEO of the Cubs, is hard at work in Baltimore trying to land another former Cub–Derrek Lee.
Despite Lee’s Gold Glove at first base, the 34-year-old is coming off his worst season offensively.
Lee slightly improved at the plate following his trade to Atlanta, but combined to hit .260 with 19 HR an 80 RBI between the Cubs and Braves.
MacPhail’s first target, Adam LaRoche, was offered a three-year deal worth $21M, but has reached an impasse with the club.
That’s opened the door for Lee, whose age and declining durability make it likely he’ll only receive a one-year offer.
Meanwhile, I’ve always been fascinated by teams willingness to sign Corey Patterson. The Blue Jays inked the former No.3 overall pick to a minor league deal this week.
Could the biggest Cubs bust of the last decade do anything worse not to deserve a contract? He’s a career .253 hitter and has never posted an on-base percentage above .320–lousy for a leadoff-type hitter.
Why, why, why do teams keep signing him?
Can’t believe Corey Patterson is back with the Cubs.
After being dumped by Seattle this week, Patterson opted-out of his contract to become a free agent.
Lo and behold…the Cubs came calling with a minor league contract for the 30-year-old. What on earth is Jim Hendry thinking?