Tag:Baseball
Posted on: November 7, 2010 3:47 pm
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So Many SPORTS!!!!!

Now we are entering one of my favorite times of the sports year! When multiple sports schedules collide for my daily viewing pleasure and hourly updates on baseball trade rumors. It can be a bit overwhelming but i love it. I just wanted to make some predictions and analyze a few things going on in different sports. First lets start with the sports that are currently going on.

College Football - With an utterly boring NFL season going on i turned to the the NCAA for my football entertainment. Little did i expect that my Michigan State Spartans would have been a championship contender a few short weeks ago, and although that slipped away a Rose Bowl appearance is a very realistic posibility. Im not sure they will win because they really havnt played an elite program this year. But it will be their first Rose Bowl bid since the 80's so im pretty psyched. Hopefully we'll get to see an Oregon v.s TCU championship as well. I am really rooting for these non-BCS schools to get in (although isnt everybody). I dont want to go down the road about why NCAA football needs a playoff system but they do. Im just glad to see Michigan State becoming an elite football program at the same time their Basketball team is, which brings me to my next topic.
College Basketball - We are only what, a week away? I can not wait, yet another sport where my teams are doing well. It's nice to have some success after watching such a dismall MLB season(Cubs) and NFL season(Cowboys). I was a bit worried earlier in the year with the talk of Tom Izzo leaving for the Cavaliers. But luckly Lebron took his talents to south beach and Izzo kept his in East Lansing. Which was probably the smart move, i really feel that the college game can bring a coach more prestige and recognition than the NBA. But the biggest thing is that Izzo has a pretty sweet deal, everybody loves him, he has excellent job security and he has built a great program that should last for a while. I am very excitited to see this years team play because i think it could be the best one yet. They have a bevy of scorers starting with last years tournament star Durrell Summers, the dude is a freak athlete who can do some crazy dunks but is also a pretty good shooter. If he can stay consistently good (which is what he struggled with last year) he can carry this team. Kalin Lucas is back from a ruptured achilles tendon and when he is healthy he is a dynamic player maker who can score in a matter of seconds. The frontcourt is led by fowards Draymond Green and Delvon Roe, Green being the team leader and Roe being the freak athlete who needs to breakout this year. Derrick Nix looks to be the starting center although freshamn Adriene Payne may take over, he has a ton of potetial and is already looking to be a dominant defensive presense in the paint. But this team is also very deep with junior Guard Korie Lucious and Freshman guard Keith Appling looking to steal time from Kalin Lucas and see who will take over next year. This will be another great rebounding and pace controlling team but they also have a lot more firepower than ever before and 3 five star recruits which is probably the most talented roster Izzo has ever had. All of this will probably lead to a third straight final four appearance and possibly a championship.
NBA- Now i am not a huge NBA fan but have followed the Bulls my whole life because being from Chicago and living through the Michael Jordan era how can you not. But over the past few years i have slowly gotten more and more into the NBA and now have become a daily watcher. I find it a little to flashy for my taste (I love Big 10 Basketball Tom Izzo style) but it is a lot of fun to watch. And i am glad that finally the Bulls are starting to make some smart personell decisions. I hated the trades and signings of players such as Ben Wallace, Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes. They didnt make a lot of sense to me but watching them build this years roster i have been very impressed. Obviously it is centered around Derrick Rose, but they have put together some very nice pieces. They have the low post options in Carlos Boozer and the emerging Taj Gibson. The rebounder and defensive presense in Joakim Noah, the shooter in Kyle Korver. A defensive guard in Ronnie Brewer, a scoring PG in CJ Watson. These are just a few of the pieces that the Bulls have put on this roster. I am in no way saying this is a championship team but i think it is a contender. They have a bevy of players with very diferent skill sets, which is the difference between them and the Heat. The Heat have 2 players who have a similar game in Lebron Jame and Dwyane Wade, a low post scorer in Chris Bosh and a bunch of washed up veterans (excluding Mario Chalmers). Im not saying the Heat wont be the number one team come playoff time but i feel that the Bulls could make a push in the playoffs if they get the chance.
NHL- By now if you have read everything ive written you can guess im a Chicago sports fan, so i bet you can guess what my hockey team is. Yep you guessed it the Blackhawks. And no i am not a bandwagon fan i have been a fan for a very long time. My excitment for them has grown over the past few years but i have always like them. Now i have been somewhat dissapointed in them thus far this year. They have shown thier talent but it has been eratic, and i dont like Corey Crawford they need to start Marty Turco as much as possible at goalie. They have shown they have the offensive firepower to compete every night its the goaltending that has been the problem. Kane and Towes are starting to heat up and Sharp has been dominant. Marian Hossa had been on fire before getting injured. This is a good team but they need to be more consistent if they want to repeat.
MLB- Im just about done i just wanted to mention that this is probably my favorite part of baseball when teams start building for next year. I love hearing people debate what players their team is going to sign or trade for. Obviously the Yankees are going to get Cliff Lee since any good player has to play for them because its the Yankees divine right to all talented players right? I hate the Yankees attitude that they are entitled to the leagues best players just because they can buy anybody out. But it really is an exciting time for baseball as we see our teams start to take shape for the next year. I hope the Cubs do NOT sign Adam Dunn. I lived and still live in Cincinnati and i saw Adam Dunn play here for a while and i do not want him to be striking out 200 times in a Cubs uniform. They need to get a stop gap player and attempt to get Adrain Gonzalez anyway they can. I would recommend Adam LaRoche on one of his perenial one year deals. Then if they can attempt to aquire Adrian at the deadline and swing a deal to get rid of LaRoche. It is definitly better than 4 years of Adam Dunn. Now i am very noticebly excluding the NFL from this discussion because i do not want to discuss the Cowboys i am embarrased.


Posted on: August 27, 2010 11:52 pm
 

Managing options

As the Cubs continue to flush their season down the toilet we can start to look towards the future. I realize i have been talking about the future all year but guess what, thats really the only thing i have to be excited about so cut me a break (please). The main issue i wanted to talk about today was the managing opening for next year. Right now it is the most sought after job in baseball, who wouldnt want to try and be the guy that brings us Cubs fans our first World Series in 102 years. Well actually probably a lot of people but still it is a very coveted job. Their are a multitude of qualified canidates and i just wanted to take a look at them so that you as fans could make up your own mind on who you think is the best. The obvious fan favorite is probably the place to start Ryan Sandberg is probably the most beloved Cubs player right along with Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. He was a hall of fame second baseman who has succeeded at every minor league level he has managed at. Starting with Peoria Low-A, to Tennessee AA and now Iowa AAA. He has a personality that is known well and loved in Chicago and he already knows many of the players on this roster as he has already coached them and will know the many more that will come up. But he does lack expierence and i would hate to see him fail. It would be almost worse if they hire him and he fails horribly (although i believe he will succeed if hired.). The next best known option is current Yankees manager Joe Girardi, a former Cubs catcher and a well respected manager. He was considered several years ago when Lou was hired but i think they went with expirence over who was actualy the best fit. Girardi already has a ring and has proved he is a good manager, i think he would excell in chicago. But i have to question wether he really would want to come to Chicago. He has a great gig in New York were your basicaly guaranteed to be in the playoffs. If I was him i would stay but if you want a real challenge there isnt a bigger one than the Cubs. Mike Quade is currently managing the Cubs on an interim basis. I dont think you can really read into any of the numbers the team puts up now. Even if they have a winning record because he didnt really mold any of these players and i hate it when teams hire the interim managers for what they did as the interim. But he does have expierence as both a minor league manager and first and third base coach. His knowledge of the game cant be questioned but im not sure he has a big enough personality for the role. Pat Listach is another option and similarly to Mike Quade he is a proven minor league coach who coached for the Cubs affiliates and also is the current Nationals 3rd baseman. But again i dont think he or Quade are the high profile signging the cubs are looking for. Bob Brenly, the current color commentator for Cubs baseball has also become a canidate. I have to say i do like Bob Brenly and he guided that 2001 D-Backs team to a World Series title. He has expirence, he knows the Cubs, he knows their system and his son plays for the High-A Daytona Cubs. He actually would be an solid choice and he is well known. Eric Wedge, the former Indians manager is also a major canidate as he was recently approached by the Cubs. He has obvious interest and has had success as a major league manager. His MLB record stands at 561-573 with one playoff appearance. Wedge has the expierence, he is well known but im not sure he would excite the fans. There are many other names that have been mentioned such as Bobby Valentine and Fredi Gonzalez but i consider these to be the major canidates for the job. As a die hard cubs fan i have to say i would love to see Sandberg as the manager as well as Girardi. The dream coaching set up would be Sandberg as manager, Greg Maddux as pitching coach and keep Rudy Jaramillo as hitting coach. But Greg still isnt sure what he wants to do in the Cubs organization and Sandberg is not a for sure. But i think the Cubs need to make a hire that will re-energize the fan base. While the Cubs may still be selling tickets the interest is begining to fade after 2 dissappointing years and bringing in someone like Sandberg would bring excitment. And i know he could fail but everyone will still love Ryno and it just seems like its the best choice.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 22, 2010 8:58 pm
 

Best Teams AL Central

In case you missed my first post of this series, the idea of this series is to put together the best team of players of the modern era for each franchise. This week we take a look at the AL Central.

White Sox
1. Minnie Minoso-OF-        4.7 WAR  1.1 FLD
2. Nellie Fox-2B-              3.8 WAR  8.1 FLD
3. Magglio Ordonez-OF-   2.9 WAR  -1.8 FLD
4. Frank Thomas-DH-       4.6 WAR 
5. Paul Konerko-1B-         2.4 WAR  1.7 FLD
6. Harold Baines-OF-        2.2 WAR  -.3 FLD
7. Robin Ventura-3B-        4.2 WAR  11.1 FLD
8. Carlton Fisk-C-             2.6 WAR  .1 FLD
9. Luis Aparico-SS-           4.0 WAR  10.9 FLD

#1 Starter- Billy Pierce

Cleveland Indians
1. Kenny Lofton-OF-         4.5 WAR  10 FLD
2. Omar Vizquel-SS-         2.6 WAR  2.1 FLD
3. Manny Ramirez-OF-      4.0 WAR  -4.2 FLD
4. Jim Thome-1B-             4.0 WAR  -3.3 FLD
5. Larry Doby-OF-             5.3 WAR  4.3 FLD
6. Al Rosen-3B-                4.8 WAR  -.6 FLD
7. Victor Martinez-C-          3.2 WAR  -1.7 FLD
8. Travis Hafner-DH-          2.6 WAR
9. Bobby Avila-2B-             3.2 WAR  -1 FLD

#1 Starter- Bob Lemon

Detroit Tigers
1. Alan Trammel-SS-          3.7 WAR  4 FLD
2. Lou Whitaker-2B-           4.2 WAR  4.3 FLD
3. Al Kaline-OF-                  4.8 WAR  7.4 FLD
4. Norm Cash-1B-               4.3 WAR  2.6 FLD
5. Kirk Gibson-DH-              2.6 WAR
6. Bobby Higginson-OF-       1.9 WAR  -3.2 FLD
7. Travis Fryman-                3.4 WAR  3.8 FLD
8. Chet Lemon-OF-             3.6 WAR  7 FLD
9. Bill Freehan-C-                3.5 WAR  1.8 FLD

#1 Starter- Mickey Lolich

Kansas City Royals
1. Carlos Beltran-OF-           3.5 WAR  6.7 FLD
2. Amos Otis-OF-                3.4 WAR  -2.5 FLD
3. George Brett-3B-             4.6 WAR  2.4 FLD
4. Mike Sweeney-1B-           1.8 WAR  -.6 FLD
5. Hal McRae-DH-                2.3 WAR
6. Darrell Porter-C-              4.5 WAR  2.5 FLD
7. Willie Wilson-OF-             3.1 WAR  7.6 FLD
8. Frank White-2B-              2.0 WAR  6.7 FLD
9. Freddie Patek-SS-            2.5 WAR  1.7 FLD

#1 Starter- Bret Saberhagen

Minnesota Twins
1. Rod Carew-2B-                5.2 WAR  1 FLD
2. Kirby Puckett-OF-             4.1 WAR  -1.2 FLD
3. Joe Mauer-C-                  5.3 WAR  -.2 FLD
4. Harmon Killebrew-3B-       4.6 WAR  -4 FLD
5. Kent Hrbek-1B-                3.2 WAR  1.4 FLD
6. Tony Oliva-DH-                3.7 WAR  
7. Torii Hunter-OF-               2.5 WAR  3 FLD
8. Bob Allison-OF-                3.8 WAR  3.6 FLD
9. Greg Gagne-SS-               2.1 WAR  6.6 FLD

#1 Starter- Bert Blyleven


White Sox-  31.4 WAR  27.5 FLD
Indians-       34.2 WAR  6.6 FLD
Tigers-          32 WAR  27.2 FLD
Royals-         27.7 WAR  24.5 FLD
Twins-            34.5 WAR  14.5 FLD




This analysis took a little longer than the NL Central but thats partially due to the fact that i know a lot more about the NL Central(Im a Cubs Fan) than the AL Central. Although the Royals are my second favorite team mainly because of George Brett. Looking at the numbers this is a very close division. The Twins have the highest WAR just barely ahead of the indians. The Sox have the highest FLD barely ahead of the Tigers. But you have to remember that WAR includes fielding in its calculations so i would say the Twins are the best team. Followed by the Indians, Tigers, White Sox, and Royals. I dont think any of their number one starters really stand out against one another. I personally think Bret Saberhagen is the best of the bunch but they are all pretty equal to each other. Again please give me feedback so i can continually improve these posts. The next post will be the NL East but it may not get posted till next weekend.  
Posted on: August 20, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Best Teams NL Central

Earlier in the week a started a series of posts that were going to cover each team in baseballs best players in the modern era (which i consider 1950+). I analyzed the Cubs then began working on the other teams, i decided it would be much more effiecent if i posted the teams by division and compare to see which would fare the best. I will post each teams lineup and #1 starter with their WAR and FLD numbers next to them.

Cubs
1. Ryne Sandberg-2B-  4.2 WAR  4 FLD
2. Mark Grace-1B-        3.5 WAR  5.1 FLD
3. Billy Williams-OF-     5.2 WAR  -3 FLD
4. Sammy Sosa-OF-     4.9 WAR  6.6 FLD
5. Ron Santo-3B-         5.7 WAR  1.9 FLD
6. Ernie Banks-SS-       3.9 WAR  2.8 FLD
7. Andre Dawson-OF-   3.0 WAR  -.5 FLD
8. Jody Davis-C-          2.4 WAR  4.5 FLD

#1 Starter- Fergie Jenkins

Cardinals
1. Lou Brock-OF-         3.2 WAR  -3.1 FLD
2. Ozzie Smith-SS-      4.7 WAR  15.1 FLD
3. Albert Pujols-1B-      7.8 WAR  6.3 FLD
4. Stan Musial-OF-       6.3 WAR  2.4 FLD
5. Jim Edmonds-OF-    5.5 WAR  4.4 FLD
6. Ken Boyer-3B-         5.2 WAR  6.8 FLD
7. Ted Simmons-C-     4.1 WAR  -1 FLD
8. Red Shoendienst-2B- 2.5 WAR  5 FLD

#1 Starter- Bob Gibson

Astros
1. Craig Biggio-2B-      3.5 WAR  -3.3 FLD
2. Cesar Cedeno-OF-   4.3 WAR  .5 FLD
3. Lance Berkman-OF- 4.7 WAR  .3 FLD
4. Jeff Bagwell-1B-       5.6 WAR  3.9 FLD
5. Jose Cruz-OF-          3.8 WAR  6.5 FLD
6. Doug Radar-3B-       3.4 WAR  -1 FLD
7. Dickie Thorn-SS-      2.1 WAR  4.3 FLD
8. Brad Ausmus-C-         .5 WAR  -1 FLD

#1 Starter- Roy Oswalt

Reds
1. Joe Morgan-2B-        7.6 WAR  .75 FLD
2. Pete Rose-3B-          4.6 WAR  -4 FLD
3. Frank Robinson-OF-   6.6 WAR  5 FLD
4. Johnny Bench-C-       4.8 WAR  4.2 FLD
5. George Foster-OF-     4.3 WAR  4.8 FLD
6. Tony Perez-1B-          3.2 WAR  .4 FLD
7. Vada Pinson-OF-        4.5 WAR  0FLD
8. Barry Larkin-SS-         3.7 WAR  1.5 FLD

#1 Starter- Jim Maloney

Brewers
1. Paul Molitor-3B-         4.1 WAR  .7 FLD
2. Robin Yount-SS-        3.7 WAR  -2.3 FLD
3. Cecil Cooper-1B-        3.1 WAR  .7 FLD
4. Jeromy Burnitz-OF-     3.7 WAR  4.2 FLD
5. Geoff Jenkins-OF-      2.8 WAR  6.5 FLD
6. Ben Oglive-OF-          2.7 WAR  .1 FLD
7. B.J. Surhoff-C-           1.9 WAR  2.8 FLD
8. Jim Gantner-2B-         1.4 WAR  2 FLD

#1 Starter- Teddy Higuera

Pirates
1. Roberto Clemente-OF-  5.1 WAR  11.3 FLD
2. Jason Kendall-C-          3.8 WAR  -1.8 FLD
3. Barry Bonds-OF-           7.1 WAR  18.4 FLD
4. Willie Stargel-OF-         3.4 WAR  -3.5 FLD
5. Donn Clendenon-1B-    2.6 WAR  -.2 FLD
6. Richie Hebner-3B-        3.5 WAR  -5.4 FLD
7. Jay Bell-SS-                 3.1 WAR  .7 FLD
8. Bill Mazeroski-2B-         2.3 WAR  8.6 FLD

#1 Starter- Bob Friend

Team WAR + FLD

Cubs- 32.8 WAR  21.4 FLD
Cardinals- 39.3 WAR  35.9 FLD
Astros- 27.9 WAR  10.2 FLD
Reds- 39.3 WAR  12.7 FLD
Brewers- 23.4 WAR  14.7 FLD
Pirates- 30.9 WAR  28.1 FLD

I think it is obvious that the Cardinals have the best team of the bunch and are lead by the best pitcher of the bunch as well. Cincinnati is probably the second best team on this list because their team WAR is tied for first with the Cardinals but their defense is 2nd to last and Jim Maloney dosnt rate up as highly as Bob Friend or Fergie Jenkins. The Cubs and Pirates are probably tied for 3rd, while the Cubs have a better WAR the Pirates have a better FLD, although Fergie may have the edge over Friend. The Astros are 5th and the Brewers are officaly the worst team of the buch. I got the WAR and FLD stats from Fangraphs.com which is an excellent site if your a stats junkie like me. I created the lineups by going to Baseball-Reference.com and anaylizing who i thought were the best at each position, obviously not everyone is going to agree with me on my stats. Also a side not i just picked the top 3 outfielders i did not pick the best at each particular position this time. If you have any comments please post them i love reading them and give me feedback please. I plan on doing the AL Central next.
         
Posted on: August 16, 2010 1:12 pm
 

The Best Teams

I recently went on a long road trip to go see family, it seems whenever i go on these long trips i always bring my ESPN Basesball Reference and refresh my self on baseball history. While going over some stats i came up with a series of posts that i would like to start. I want to go team by team and put together what i think would be the best team from the modern era for each one. So to start it off i will warm myself with any easy one for me by begining with the Cubs. This team will consist of a 5 man rotation a closer and the full lineup. Here we go.....

1. Ryne Sandberg-2B-This was by far the easiest pick, Sandberg may be the best 2nd baseman of all time and definatly the best in Cubs history (Sorry Glen Beckert). His career .285/.344/.452 slash line may not look like a typical leadoff hitters but his basestealing abilities and the fact that there are better RBI guys in this lineup makes him the best fit for this spot. His 9 consecutive gold gloves and career FLD rating over 60 (Stat from Fangraphs.com) solidifies the Cubs infield defense.
2. Mark Grace-1B- While Mark may not be the sexiest pick on this team he may be one of the more consistent bats. A Cubs career slash line of .307/.386/.445 fits well into the 2 hole. He may not have had blazing speed but he got on base and played good defense at first with 4 gold gloves and a career FLD rating over 70 solidifies first.
3. Billy Williams-LF- He may be the pest pure hitter on this team, with a Cubs slash line of .296/.364/.503 he is the definition of a 3 hole hitter. There have been no other Cubs Left fielders that can compare to Billy in terms of of longetivity and production. His defense may be somewhat lacking with a career -41 FLD rating but his good outways his bad.
4. Sammy Sosa-RF- This was definatly the toughest pick, i wanted to put the Hawk here so bad but Sammy defined the Cubs in the 90's and early 2000's. Even with the steroids and character issues at the end of his career, he was still one of the best hitters to play the game. His Cubs career slash line of .284/.358/.569 proves that he is the perfect middle of the order bat. For most of Sammy's career he carried his teams and had little help, i can only imagine what Sammy in his prime could do on a team like this. His career 91 FLD rating also proves he gives us solid defense as well.
5. Ron Santo-3B- This was one of the easier choices although Aramis Ramirez gave him a run for his money. Santo would have to be my favorite player on this team because i love his personality  but he is also one of the best pre-steroid era third basemen. His Cubs career slash line of .279/.366/.472 is solid especialy considering the stellar defense he provides with 5 gold gloves and a career 22 FLD rating.
6. Ernie Banks-SS- I couldnt leave off the best SS of all time, although he did play significant time at first his prime years were at short. His .274/.330/.500 slash line is great although on this team it only gets him in the 6 hole but there will still be plenty of oportunities for RBI's hitting behind Ronny. He adds to an already stellar infield defense with a gold glove and a career 54 FLD rating. Mr. Cub would finally get to the playoffs on this team.
7. Rick Monday-CF- When i started looking at the list of modern day Cubs CF i really couldnt find any that i like to go with this team. But then i saw Monday's name which whenever i see it i think of his heroic efforts to prevent a flag being burned rather than his baseball career. But i chose Monday mainly for his offense which was at his best when he was a Cubs hitting at a .270/.366/.460 clip. According to Fangraphs.com his defense was abismal though with a career -110 FLD rating which gives us a somewhat weak outfield defense.
8. Jody Davis-C- Catcher is a tough position to get quality players at, and there were only 3 names that i even considered to start at catcher. Because i Knew that i couldnt put Gaby Hartnett because i wanted modern players. So it came down to Randy Hundley, Jody Davis, and Geovany Soto. Soto went out because i dont think he has had a long enough career to out him on this list. So i compared Jody and Randy and Jody Davis's numbers are just flat out better than Randy's. With a .251/.313/.416 slash line he may be the worst hitter on this team but he gives us excellent defense behind the plate with a career 39 FLD rating and for a catcher thats not a bad stat line anyway. I think Geovany Soto may eventualy be the man to put here but he needs to play at a high level for another 4 years before I'll consider him.

Ill post the rotation tommorow
Category: MLB
Tags: Baseball, Cubs, MLB
 
Posted on: July 18, 2010 5:41 pm
 

The Future of the Cubs

Well now that we have past the All-Star break and are past half way through the season. While the Cubs may still have a chance i dont feel like the Cubs are going to do any better than 3rd in the division at this point. So now the talk should begin to shift from competing this year to, what can we do to be better next year. I think the first thing the Cubs need to look to do is trade their chips now. While the soon to be free-agents may not get them as much as they'd like its better than getting nothing if they leave next year. They may be able to get some minor leage talent that could be used to aquire a star in the off-season. Ted Lilly seems to be the Cubs biggest trade chip, along with Derrek Lee, Xavier Nady and Kosuke Fukudome. Now Fukudome may be hard to trade this year but i have a feeling next year we may be able to get something for him. But Lee, Nady and Lilly are all going to be free-agents and there are teams looking at all 3 of them. Lee is the hardest to part with because he has been such an important part of this team for the past 5 years. But sometimes you cant let sentimental value deter you from getting rid of something. Lee has been my favorite player for the past few seasons, and if they can get him to take a much smaller contract then I can see him staying although i feel the Cubs can upgrade at first in the off-season. Its time for the Cubs to change from the 07-08 playoff team, to a new team built around their young talent and new aquisitions. They have a core of young players that i do like, Geovany Soto has definatly rebounded from a rough 09' campaign to show that he is one of the top offensive catchers in the game. Starlin Castro has shown amazing range at short along with a consistent and patiant aproach at the plate to go with blazing speed. Tyler Colvin appears to be a solid young OF with a great power stroke and good speed. Andrew Cashner appears to be the set-up man for the time being and could be an even better closer than Marmol which may make him trade bate in the years to come. They also have some solid pieces in Marlon Byrd in CF, and Soriano in LF (although he may not be the star he once was he is still a solid power hitter.) and Ryan Dempster, Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Silva, and Carlos Marmol. They main issue has been the dissaperance of Lee and Ramirez (although it appears Ramirez may be back) and the lack of a true ace. These missing pieces are what the Cubs need to fill via free agency. They can solve the middle of the order bat by aquiring someone like Prince Fielder or Adrain Gonzalez. A-Gon may be difficult bu the Cubs should have the cash for Fielder with Lee, Lilly, and Nady's contracts coming off the books. The next step would be aquiring an ace, im not sure if any are available on the free agent market but the Cubs could look into trades. If the Cubs do several of these things they could easily bounce back from a rough 2010 season. 
Category: MLB
Tags: Baseball, Cubs, MLB
 
Posted on: March 22, 2010 3:54 pm
 

2010-2011 Cubs revamp

I read a post on mlbtraderumors.com 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.
Posted on: March 4, 2010 8:58 pm
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