The Cubs went out of there way this offseason to get more LH and in effect by diversifying the types of bats we had, decreased the flexibility of the roster; largely based on the loss of Mark DeRosa. An injury-free season may have covered up this hole, but such was not the case and when Aramis Ramirez went down (the most indisposable Cub piece), the Cubs lack of depth was exposed immediately.
Since that time we've been pining for solutions and now one may have just fallen into our hands. The White Sox decided to designate Wilson Betemit for assignment yesterday in order to promote uber-prospect Gordon Beckham. Congrats to Sox fans for getting to watch a young talented player who can play all over the diamond, best of luck to you and Mr. Beckham, I for one think he's going to be a very good player.
But today, I want to focus on Betemit. Betemit is a switch-hitting utility player that has never really been given consistent playing time at any major league stop, despite showing good skills. He strikes out too much (28% career rate), but he draws walks (10% rate), hits for power (9.7% extra base hit rate) and has played every position on the diamond except C and CF. He's the PERFECT solution for us right now based on his skill set and now his availability. The only seasons he's gotten more than 250 PA's, he's posted an OPS over .780 and he's just 27 years old.
Go get him Jim Hendry, like.... NOW