He’s 36, he’s had two Tommy John surgeries, and he’s currently unable to play until late 2013. . . . meet Lim Chang-Yong!!
South Korean closer Lim Chang-Yong is set to sign a deal with the Cubs, though the sidearm pitcher is unlikely to be able to take the mound again until late next season.
The 36-year-old right-hander, who had elbow surgery earlier this year, told reporters at Incheon Airport on Thursday he had long dreamed of signing for a major league team.
Lim tallied 296 saves in his 18-year career in Korea and Japan and could wind up pitching against compatriot Choo Shin-soo, who was acquired by the Reds on Tuesday.
Honestly, I complain about this roster a lot, but, deep down, I get what Theo and Jed are trying to do, and I respect it, though I may make fun of it. But this move seriously has me scratching my head. Is a 36-year old oft-injured reliever really where we want to be spending money? And it’s not like we can flip him . . this year, anyway.
I just . . I don’t get it.
But hey, at least I’ll be able to drive 20 minutes up the road to watch the newest Cubs farm team, the Kane County Cougars! In fact, if Soler is playing there, I might forego Cubs tickets altogether and just go watch the kids:
Mark Johnson’s last memory of Kane County was back in 1996, when he was a young catcher in the White Sox system playing for Class-A South Bend, and the Cougars were a Florida Marlins affiliate with Josh Booty and Ryan Dempster as budding prospects.
Johnson, 37, will return to Geneva this year as the new manager of the Chicago Cubs’ Class-A team, which makes the big move north from Peoria.
While the 2013 minor league rosters won’t be set until the end of spring training, Johnson could be managing a team led by top prospects Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, giving Cubs’ fans a glimpse of the future in their own backyard.
“It’s good for these kids that they’re this close to the city,” Johnson said. “It should be a great experience all of for them.”
Not only is the park close to the city, it’s also right next door to one of those arcade/go-cart/ski-ball fun places. That’s going to be good for all of us.