On Friday night, 6-foot-10 free agent pitcher Randy Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Giants for a reported $8 million plus bonuses.
At various points this off-season, the 45-year-old Johnson, who went 11-10, 3.91 for the D-Backs in '08, was said to be a possible target for the Cubs. But Johnson was born in northern California and according to the Giants official Web site, "was interested in San Francisco from the outset of free agency..."
Apart from missing out on a possible upgrade over current #5 starter, Jason Marquis, who the Cubs are said to be shopping, by not signing Johnson, the Cubs also missed out on acquiring the man who would have been the tallest player in Cubs history.
In other words, don't worry, Bob Scanlan--your niche is safe.
The 10 tallest players in Cubs history, according to Baseball-Reference.com:
Bob Scanlan, 6'8"
Sean Marshall 6'7"
Jerry Spradlin 6'7"
Dave Otto 6'7"
Dennis Rasumussen 6'7"
Rick Sutcliffe 6'7"
Jay Baller 6'7"
Tim Stoddard 6'7"
Rich Bordi 6'7"
Steve Hamilton 6'7"
Six Cubs stood 6-foot-6, including Lee Smith and also Dave Kingman, who, in terms of anti-social personality, may stand above all other players in Cubs history.