johnsamo wrote:The Cubs did have some rotten luck. Three years ago, Zambrano, Prior and Wood looked like a great 1 2 & 3 top of a rotation. Basically having two of those guys barely on the team since then was a blow, but that can't explain it all. It seems to me that the Cubs spend big on a few core players, than go cheap everywhere else.
The biggest problem to me though is, they should have a farm system so they don't have to go out and get big $ Free agents like Jones and Pierre. I think the best teams use the FA market to get bargain bin players who cam fill a role or bonafide stars. Grabbing Jones, a guy who really should be a platoon outfielder, or an aging speedster, and paying them huge $, bad idea.
First, they traded for Pierre, he wasn't a FA. He will be at the end of this year, and I hope they don't resign him.
They do spend big on a some players, but that doesn't mean they spend wisely. Jones is a good example of that. But they also don't spend small money very wisely either, such as giving Neifi $5M over 2 years and whatever they gave Rusch, I think it's pretty close to what they gave Neifi, but I don't feel like looking it up. There's about $10M wasted on pure garbage.
But as much as the front office is to blame for spending money poorly, Dusty is to blame for not getting the most out of the team he has been given, instead choosing to make excuses.