Pogotheostrich wrote:So who do you want them to get?
I have to think A-Ram is the first priority. If Pierre is gone then you need a CF. There is an open spot in the MI too right?
I want them to pretty much avoid the FA market.
There's truckloads of young kids, some of them can be traded off to fill the gaps, instead of throwing money at grossly overpaid players.
Yes, resigning Aramis is job #1.
After that, there's holes in CF, SS and 2B. I consider Izturis/Cedeno/Theriot to be a hole. Pierre sucks hard, resigning him is the single worst move the Cubs could make this offseason.
Trading just makes so much more sense. You could get a Westbrook/Michaels package from the Indians. Maybe DeJesus from KC. Maybe a big time RF power-hitting prospect. Maybe all of the above.
I don't honestly see this team competing next year, there are too many holes that need to be filled. I mean, this team miraculously avoided losing 100 games this year. This team needs to be rebuilt.
Keep Derrek, Aramis, Zambrano, and Prior. Let the kids, including Murton and Hill, run crazy on the field this year. Hell, they might even be good enough to make a run themselves.
Of course, there is something to be said for gearing up for a run next year. It only took 83 regular season wins to get to the WS this year, right? No telling how much longer the NL is going to be this weak.
But, I'd rather have a team that will have a realistic shot at the postseason for a 4-5 year stretch than to load it all up in one shot, especially when this team is so far away.
Lugo is a gawd-awful choice. I want more than a .340 OBP out of my leadoff hitter, and he's on the wrong side of 30 to be expecting any real improvement.