Transaction Analysis

Cubs sign Jeff Fassero for 2 years, $5 million

This isn't a bad move by the Cubs, but it's far from a great one either.  They give Fassero a 2-year deal for $5.1 million, but the problem is that Fassero isn't that good anymore, although he did pitch well out of the bullpen last season.  The problem with him is he's 37 years old and he'll most likely continue to decline over the next two seasons. He gets out of lefty-killer Fenway Park, which would help if he weren't going to the not-so-pitcher-friendly confines of Wrigley Field.  This move most likely won't help the Cubs for more than one season, which is a problems since they are probably a couple of seasons away from competing.

Triple Steal Rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.© 2000 JBaseball

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