Where’s John Grabow?

Add John Grabow to the list of Cubs players who drastically underperformed this year–1-3 with a 7.36 ERA in 28 appearances.

Sidelined with a sore left knee since June 29, the left-handed specialist has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a Grade 3 tear of the MCL on his left knee, which he suffered while on a rehab assignment in the Arizona League.

He’s to meet with a team orthopedist in Chicago on Monday to discuss options for recovery, surgery being one possibility.

The Cubs acquired Grabow via trade on July 30, 2009. He resigned with the club as a free agent for 2-years, $7.5M. Since joining the Cubs, however, Grabow has slumped through 58 games posting a 1-3 record and 5.33 ERA.

If signing Marlon Byrd was GM Jim Hendry’s best move this past offseason, resigning Grabow was certainly his worst. It’s not Milton Bradley bad, but Hendry clearly overpaid for a guy who’s grossly underperformed his contract, and still has another year left.


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