Jeff Shaw was a two-time All Star and one of my favorite players growing up.
The right-hander was a brilliant setup man with Cincinnati, positioning Jeff Brantley for 44 saves and the 1996 Rolaids Relief Man Award.
The following season, however, Brantley got injured and Shaw moved into the closer’s role. He closed out 42 games and also won the league’s saves title.
But less than a year later the Reds traded Shaw on July 4, 1998 to the Dodgers. In return, the Reds acquired left-hander Dennys Reyes and a no-name 22-year-old first baseman.
–The Cubs have struck out looking this offseason.
Jim Hendry has whiffed on signing the top-two available centerfielders. First Curtis Granderson and now Mike Cameron, who signed a two year deal with Boston Tuesday.
Very frustrating, obviously, with centerfield a priority and the Cubs standing pat in favor of guys like Coco Crisp, Marlon Byrd, Scott Podsednik and Rick Ankiel: none of which I’d like to see suiting up for the Cubs.
But seeing as how that’s all that’s left to choose from I’ll take them in the order listed above.
Who knows if there’s truly a market for Milton Bradley.
I mean seriously, why on earth would you want this guy on your club?
But good for Jim Hendry if he’s stirring the pot to generate more interest anyway.