Well apparently the Cubs answer to their outfield woes is the soon to be 36 year old man about town Jeremy Burnitz. I love when players extend their careers by going to Coors for a season and make everyone think that they are back. "Why yes Mr. Castilla, we can cash that for you."
Last year Burnitz' overall numbers were pretty impressive: .356/.559/.915 with 37 home runs and 110 RBI. You'd think getting a guy like that for $4.5 mil would be a steal. Except for the fact that he wasn't really that great away from Denver:
Home: .386/.670/1.057, 24 HR, 68 RBI
Away: .327/.448/.775, 13 HR, 42 RBI
By the way, Todd Zeile would kill for those away numbers. I'm not saying the Cubs shouldn't pick up Burnitz. As Colin showed further down, they don't have a ton of options. However, adding Burnitz pretty much solidifies that the Cubs will have one of the weaker outfields in the league. Intense fantasy baseball nutjob Eric Karabell from ESPN had a good point; If Burnitz comes in and matches his career averages, he'll put up the same numbers as Sosa did this year. I don't know how to feel about that. Chin up Chicago; you can probably still compete for the wild card with that sick rotation.