Originally written on Off Base Percentage  |  Last updated 10/21/14
A couple of weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs seemingly had a new starting pitcher in Dan Haren while simultaneously dumping the fantastically wild Carlos Marmol at the same time. Angels fans were all kinds of sad face, while Cubbies fans rejoiced. Then something weird happened. The Cubs pulled out. The Cubs. Pulled. Out. Maybe it was something in Danny boys medical record that scared them. Maybe they enjoy the "excitement" whenever Marmol is on the mound. For whatever reason, the trade died, leaving this blogger to believe that Theo Epstein was quite possibly losing his mind.*Fast forward to yesterday*Yesterday it became official that the Cubs were signing Scott Baker to a one-year deal worth $5.5MM with incentives totaling $1.5MM. Even if Baker hits all his incentives, a $7MM one year deal, is a score for Theo as he is now getting a pitcher who in three of his last four season posted bWAR's (Baseball-reference WAR) north of three, two of those seasons above four. Of course...
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