Generally speaking, when I read the Chicago Sun-Times, I immediately take a pass on Jay Mariotti's column, because I have no interest in what Hawk Harrelson is doing.
I do, however, read Chris Deluca's coverage, because it tends to have some actual information on the team in it. I can only explain today's column as the result of a Thursday night bender watching the Bears. He really should have waited until he sobered up.
In his column today, Deluca suggests that Juan Pierre would be an improvement over current leadoff favorite Jerry Owens.
Really? Pierre's OBP over the last 3 seasons has been .326, .330, and .331. He has walked 41, 32, and 33 times. His highest OPS in that time was .718. He will be paid 9,000,000 to play baseball that badly in 2008.
Jerry Owens, in half the at-bats, posted a .324 OBP as a rookie. He stole 32 bases, projecting to match both Pierre's total SBs and his SB % over a full season. He walked 27 times, just 6 shy of Pierre's full-season total.
Exactly where do we get our 8.7 million dollars of improvement from by trading for Pierre? Pierre is Owens without the potential for improvement but with an Armani price tag.
And it only gets better (or worse) from there. Deluca writes: And adding Pierre might make more sense than re-acquiring Rowand.
What? Rowand is an all-star, gold glove player who can hit for power and average. Pierre is an overpaid, below average player that would join our growing list of AAAA outfielders. Rowand will cost roughly 6 million more than Pierre, and his production will easily justify that difference in salary.
Brian Anderson and Ryan Sweeney are better than Juan Pierre. Carlos Quentin is better than Juan Pierre. I'm better than Juan Pierre. Alright, that last one might be a stretch, but I would most certainly take more walks in 600 ABs than he does.
Chris, I like your column bro, but this one should have stopped at the editor.