The Cubs seek rotation insurance, but the FOX writers confirm ESPN's Jayson Stark Saturday suggestion that Ben Sheets is unlikely. Perhaps Mark Mulder, linked to the Cubs Tuesday by Morosi, is more feasible.
Mulder is done I think, nothing more than a risky reliever project at this point I think with all his injuries. I think if Sheets would come down on his price he's the safer risk.
why not just sign prior if they are looking for broke down pitchers
SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that the Cubs and Rays are looking at Chan Ho Park, who relieved for the Phillies last season.
Park put up a mediocre 4.43 ERA last season after a 3.40 mark in 2008, though his walks and strikeouts stayed fairly steady. Park has been far better as a reliever in both seasons- a 2.52 ERA out of the bullpen in 2009, and a 7.29 ERA as a starter.
Park will be 37 in June, so he's certainly not worth a multi-year deal. But he's a fairly decent option in the middle of the game, and should provide bullpen depth for some team.
Mulder is WAY done.... if we're going to sign a broken pitcher for a high risk/high reward deal... go with sheets...
I know the Brewers are looking at Mulder as well. From what i have heard, any contract that he would sign would be either a minor league contract or a low guarentee contract that is heavily incentive laden.
either way, no team is going to spend a lot on him.
As a liflelong Cardinal fan that has no particular dislike for the Cubbies, it amazes me how that franchise has no clue when signing players. Former Cardinals Jason Marque, Jim Edmonds and particularly Mark Mulder were available for a reason - their better days are over.
Marquis & Edmonds were certainly servicable but nothing spectacular and I do not recall the Cubs going on to great things in the play-offs. My point is the Cubs brain-trust comes up with some dousey's--remember Milton Bradley? And now even considering Mulder?