Cubs sign Jon Lieber


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I like this signing...

Cubs signed RHP Jon Lieber, who had been with the Phillies, to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

He can make about $4 million more in incentives. We think Lieber is a better bet for this year than either Jason Marquis or Ryan Dempster. The problem is that there's good reason to believe Sean Marshall will be better than all three, and this only buries him further. Both manager Lou Piniella and GM Jim Hendry indicated that Lieber wouldn't be guaranteed a rotation spot. However, he'll almost certainly have one. If that results in Dempster's return to the pen, the Cubs should win at least a couple of more games with this move