I am appalled at how many Cub faithful have been crying over the loss of Sam Fuld. I understand the fan favorite part, but c'mon. What really did this guy have to offer? NOTHING! he doesn't project to become anything in the future. We already can't find a spot for Tyler Colvin, what did we need Fuld for? Power Hitter off the bench? I say this jokingly, but I think the Cubs made a positive trade here and fully addressed the offseason needs to stay competitive:
LH power hitter (Carlos Pena) check.
Setup/Relief Pitcher (Kerry Wood) check.
Frontline SP talent (Matt Garza) check.
The minor league system does take a big hit with the absence of Hak Ju Lee and Chris Archer, but both were expendable. Lee was blocked by Starlin Castro and unless Castro was willing to move to second base (and be good), the pure SS in Lee was blocked. Chris Archer burst on to the scene last year blowing through the minor league system. Up until last year he was on no-one's radar. From what I've read/heard he doesn't have that high of a ceiling anyhow. Matt Garza will be a nice piece in the #2 spot in the rotation through the 2013 season when he turns 30. He then will get a hefty extension to keep him a fixture in the Cubs rotation as the quest for a World Championship continues...
2013 or 2014 World Champs