I don't mind the Cubs' offseason moves that much, except for the fact that the Tribune did not bite the Beltran and sign him. He was INSANE at Wrigley last year and would have created PLENTY of news (the REAL angle they are pursuing, baseball < news as far as they are concerned, w/ Dusty, they get PLENTY of news w/o necessarily having to indulge in winning baseball...) that would have more than made up for the $$$ involved. Who are they kidding, they scalp their own freaking tickets?!!
As far as the pen, given what Baker did last year, I would bet money on it being closer by committee. I am aware they've denied that as an option but, given that they 1) have shaky closers at best and 2) play the Cardinals enough that whoever gets tapped has a pretty high probability of getting HAMMERED, they are going to be swapping guys around. That doesn't even consider what might happen to Dempster filling in for PRIOR or any of the other spectres haunting them in ST.
Sure, they are not saying much and maybe it's just some minor stiffness that will go away but, in the free league I'm in and the $$$ league, I'm steering clear of Cubs' P except for CZam.
PS, I think that Sammy is going to rebound quite a bit this year but he wasn't going to do it in Chicago. I wonder if Boras demanded that he be traded to a team w/ a 'no boombox' policy like the Os? I think that's only going to help him...