Transaction Analysis

Cubs sign Tom Gordon for 2 years, $5 million

After missing a full season from Tommy John surgery Tom Gordon signs a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.  This is a bit of a risky move for the Cubs, who will be paying the former Red Sox closer $2.5 million per season. But it's a risk worth taking.  All of the scouts that have seen Gordon pitch were quite impressed with both his fastball and curveball.  It doesn't take much these days to be a reliever worth $2.5 million and they got a guy who could be a reliever that's worth in the $6 million per year range if he can recapture his old form.  Gordon is a calculated risk, and that may work out well for the Cubs.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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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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