It was probably inevitable that Mike Remlinger would leave the Braves. They simply weren’t going to give him three years no matter what.
He could be a great signing for the Cubs. Most relievers are basically unreliable, one reason I support the Braves’ policy of not giving long-term deals to them (at least if they’re not John Smoltz) but Mike’s been one of those special ones who’s good year after year. He wasn’t quite right late in the season after returning from a groin pull, but even then he was serviceable. I’m a little surprised that he’s going to wind up with “only” $3.5 million a year, but he might have gone for security — that three-year contract — over one or two years for more money.
And thus ends one of the last vestiges of the series of disastrous trades made by John Scheurholz in the mid-to-late nineties. First it was Jermaine Dye for mostly Michael Tucker. Tucker then got shipped to the Reds with Denny Neagle for Bret Boone — and Mike Remlinger. Boone and Ryan Klesko went to San Diego for Quilvio Veras, Reggie Sanders, Wally Joyner, and presumably some sort of discount at Dr. Andrews’. The Braves got one good half season from Veras out of that — and Mike Remlinger.
Oh, and there’s one player from those trades still with the club, but I won’t use the L-word.
(Thanks to Bamadan for pointing out the Remlinger news, I guess.)