Cubs Speculation

Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Now that the gauntlet has been dropped and there will be a new sheriff in town - eventually - let me take a look at what a new statistically inclined general manager may think of the current crop of Cubbies with the predisposition that the Cubs are not going into some full 3-year rebuild mode. That may be a faulty assumption on my part, but I assume the Ricketts would at the very least like to make the appearance of contending and with nearly $50M coming off the books and even more after 2012, no reason a savvy GM could not make things a lot more interesting, rather quickly.

Let me preface this with the explanation that this is intended more as a look at who may stay and who may go, then who will they try to bring in, although they'll certainly be some of that mixed in.

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    Arizona Phil 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 12 hours 12 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 12 hours 13 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 12 hours 25 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 12 hours 34 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 12 hours 47 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 13 hours 20 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 13 hours 24 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 55 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 14 hours 15 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 14 hours 17 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 17 hours 16 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 17 hours 29 min ago view