Friday, October 20, 2006

Patience Needed in ARam Negotiations

I don’t mean to be impatient, but what on earth is going on with ARam’s contract? Jim Hendry has had at least since the all-star break to negotiate a new contract with ARam. The fact that Big Jim didn’t entertain trade offers for ARam prior to the trade deadline led me (and a lot of other people) to believe that a new contract was in the works. But recently, Paul Kinzer, ARam’s agent, indicated that he and Hendry had just exchanged offers. In other words, the negotiations were just beginning.

The good news is that ARam has stated that he would like to stay with the Cubs and Hendry has indicated that he would like to keep ARam in a Cubs uniform. The bad news is that a deal isn’t done and the deadline for declaring for free agency is just around the corner. It’s getting down to crunch time, so something needs to happen soon.

Whatever happens with ARam will be the first domino to fall this off-season. Once ARam is in place or he walks, then other moves can be made. But Hendry needs to know what is going in with ARam before he can make any other moves.

I’ll try to be patient, but the suspense is killing me.


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