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Monday, February 22, 2010
Is Theriot ticketed for second base?

Ryan "The Riot" Theriot is installed as the Cubs' shortstop. But as Paul Sullivan reports, probably not for long:

There seems to be a succession plan in place already, huh?

Or not. While shifting Theriot to second base might seem like the obvious move -- especially as he's got a lot in common with David Eckstein -- there are a couple of things to remember. One, Mike Fontenot's the incumbent second baseman, and aside from his disastrous 2009 he's always been a better hitter than Theriot. And two, Theriot's going to start getting expensive in a year or two, and the thing about Riots and Ecksteins is that they're truly valuable only when you're not paying them top dollar.

Theriot probably won't have to compete with Starlin Castro, who's essentially competing with himself. If Theriot wants to keep playing regularly for the Cubs, his competition will eventually be Fontenot.

(Glove slap: BTF's Newsstand)