Let me begin by saying that I love Michael Barrett. There is no doubt that I pulled for Mikey B. like no other during his time in Chicago. His passion for the game and grit made him an
instant favorite in my household, and in many ways, it hurts to see him leave
town. The events that preceded
Barrettâ€™s trade to the Padres may in some ways tarnish his legacy in
This may be a clichÃ©, but I believe this trade is a deal
that should truly benefit both parties involved. I hope
for the best for Michael Barrett in
I also donâ€™t believe that Barrett, who will be a free agent after this season, fit well into the Cubs long term plans. The Cubs were not going to keep a slumping offensive minded catcher with serious defensive issues as they try to build towards becoming a contender. Teams that are willing to undergo $300 million makeovers can do better than a shaky defensive catcher with a .267 career average. I donâ€™t think the Cubs are saying that Rob Bowen is the answer either. Plain and simple, the writing is up on the wallâ€¦ there is a job opening behind the plate at Wrigley Field.
I do believe that this trade will be good for Michael Barrett, but as tough as it may be to swallow, I know that this is what is right for the future of the Chicago Cubs.