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Cubs offseason moves

Posted on: November 23, 2008 9:06 am

The Cubs were so close last year, but next year has to be closer.  They performed very well throughout the regular season, and when it came to the playoffs, they felt the pressure really hit them and choked.  So here's my solution: go out and sign some postseason experience!  Someone who has been to a World Series and performed, soeone who will not succomb to the pressure of the postseason.

Job #1 is dropping the whole Peavy idea - we'll give up so much more than we would get in return.  Sure Peavy is a great pitcher, but he is still an injury risk, and so many Cubs fans now what having a star pitching go down with an injury is like.  Plus, the package that we would give up is too talented.  Pie is the centerfielder of the future, Ronny Cedeno is a premier backup infielder who can now hit well, and Sean Marshall is a great lefty who can either be plugged into the starting rotation, fill in for a spot start, or be a long man from the bullpen - a true asset to a pitching staff.

Job #2 is to sign Derek Lowe.  Two words: postseason experience!

Job #3 is to get Rafael Furcal.  Should have signed him three years ago, but now is a chance to gt him back, and force Soriano out of the leadoff spot.  Furcal gives you a formidable lefthanded leadoff batter, speed on the bases, and a gold glove shortstop.  We can easily move Ryan Theriot to second base, DeRosa can move to right field full time (and he can still sub in the infield), with Fukudome and Pie platooning center.  We flip flop the batting order so that Soriano is batting 3rd to drive in runs, and DLee moves to 5th behind Aramis Ramirez.

It makes for a great lineup, and a solid defense behind possibly the best rotation in all of baseball.  Make these moves, and a World Series is in line for '09.


Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 5:12 pm

Cubs offseason moves

i would agree completely with you.  we need postseason experience, especially on the mound.  our pitching was nothing to write home about in the playoffs, and derek lowe would absolutely fit the bill.

cedeno is continuing to develop, but won't be big time, at least not next year.  it is key to keep theriot starting, however, as he was one of our best "small ball" hitters last year.  if we can get furcal and have both in the lineup, we would look fantastic, especially considering the versatility of de rosa.  fukudome needs to improve his batting if he is going to start.

if hendry and piniella realize what we need, we could be in for a surprise next year.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 10:11 am

Cubs offseason moves

Step 1 is complete!  Now it's time to go after Lowe and Furcal, maybe even Abreu for some veteran leadership.

Whatever happens from here on out, I will still be rooting for my Cubbies to win it all.  And if they tank again in the playoffs, I'll still cheer for them the next year.  Some people have lost the idea of Die-Hard Cubs fan!

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2008 7:46 pm

Cubs offseason moves

U know what, lowe does have lots of postseason experience, but i think what kills him is HE DOESNT HAVE A FASTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second of all, how often does the pitcher get SERIOUSLY hurt? Jake Peavy too good of a pitcher to not take him for the injury risk.

Job 3 is an awesome idea.  the cubs have so many versitile players like derosa who can play outfield and infield.  Therio started out in the league at second base, and Furcal already has experience with Lou Pinella. ITS GENIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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