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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  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 7 hours 4 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 7 hours 4 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 7 hours 5 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 7 hours 19 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 7 hours 19 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 7 hours 23 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 7 hours 25 min ago view
  • THAT WAS TURRIBLE.

    crunch 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?

    The E-Man 8 hours 36 min ago view
  • Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.

    billybucks 8 hours 40 min ago view
  • ...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.

    billybucks 10 hours 12 min ago view
  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.

    i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.

    crunch 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.

    crunch 10 hours 55 min ago view