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2010-2011 Cubs revamp

Posted on: March 22, 2010 3:54 pm
I read a post on that discussed the future of the Cubs next season yesterday. It talked about how 2010 is really that last year of the Cubs team we have know for the past few years. It seems very likely that the 2011 Cubs will not include Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, or Ted Lilly. Now while i love those players i really believe it would be a good thing. We have been masivly handicapped by the big contracts of our aging stars who are now becoming more injury prone. I think it is highly doubtfull that A-Ram will make it through the season without another shoulder injury or Derrek Lee will not get neck spasms. Now dont get me wrong Derrek Lee is my favorite current cub player and he provides excellent leadership but if we want to win a world series any time soon we need to go with youth. We have several prospects waiting in the wings for spots and with Lee, Ramirez, and Lilly off the books we should have around $40 mill to play with. So if im Hendry this season i would look to move these players for prospects and to free up some salary, now i realize this would not be a popular move and i would only suggest it if we werent in serious contention but i think we need to step back and look to the longterm competitvness of the franchise rather than immediate success. The Cubs have been drafting much better talent and soon we should have some solid everyday players to build around with free-agent signings. I cant wait to see Starlin Castro playing SS, or Andrew Cashner in the rotation. I just am concerned that Jim Hendry is not going to realize that this is a transition period for the Cubs, a changing of the gaurd from the 2007 free agent splurge to a Cubs team similar to the Red Sox. The new ownership recognizes that the Cubs need to go that route and i think by 2011 we will see a very different Cubs team.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2010 10:54 pm

2010-2011 Cubs revamp

I couldn't agree more.  The team is handicapped by the salaries that they signed 4-5 years ago.  The only question surrounding this team will be what the Ricketts have in mind when it comes to the big decision of keeping these guys or cutting bait to get some young talent in return.  Remember they are going with the motto of "Year One", so they have the future in mind knowing they won't spend money this year.  Heck they spent almost a Billion dollars just to own the team.  They need to make some of that by filling the stadium.  Now I don't think the Wrigley faithful will go anywhere soon, but there could be a day in the near future when you may get a walk up ticket in June or July.  This year is not a make or break year, but it can go a long way towards building for the future and I agree, we may not see the likes of Ramirez, Lee, or Lilly in a Cub uniform in August.

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