The Cubs have apparently decided that the reason they lost 96 games last year was because of their bench, and that they're going to address that problem by locking up bench players forever. They just signed backup catcher Henry Blanco to a two-year deal with a mutual option for a third. Blanco can't hit at all; 2006 was the first year since 2000 that he put up a .700 OPS. He's 35. Why you'd want to lock a guy like that up for two years when your team just lost 96 games is, again, beyond me.