BigZ38 wrote:Looks like Dempster has to accept the deal...
If Cubs can pull off a Garza for Lee swap, hit on a few pitching draft picks this year and next, and maybe find a serviceable pitcher or two from their own organization, coupled with the signing of an Ace down the road, you could be looking at a very young, talented rotation. As a Cub fan its nice to see a plan in place.
1. Garza for Lee swap.
2, Hit on a few pitching draft picks this year.
3. And next.
4. Maybe find a serviceable pitcher or two from their own organization.
5. The signing of an ace down the road.
So, what you are basically saying is that they have NOTHING right now. I think it's safe to say that to go from nothing to a young talented rotation without A LOT of things falling into place is reaching a bit. If it were so simple, why don't all teams have great pitching staffs? It just seems like nothing is certain, so for 5 uncertain spots to fall into place, or even 2 or 3 of them, seems like a reach to me.
Presently for the foreseeable future they have Samardzija and Wood. I think Samardzija can develop into a strong #3, and Travis Wood can develop into a #5 / 6th pitcher who takes the place of an injured guy. He certainly has proven he can be serviceable, but is still erratic.
Adding Delgado and Lee gives them two Top 50 prospects with #2 upside. Letting these guys develop for two to three years and then going out and adding an ace through free agency (again this team will spend money)...Gives them at least 5 starting pitchers who are quality. Add in anything that emerges from their current system, add in potential arms they drafted this year, the next and the following, suddenly you're looking at 8 or 9 potential major league starters moving forward. I realize prospects don't always pan out, but the more quality ones you can add the better chance you have.
The point is, this front office has more of a plan than any front office the Cubs have had probably ever. As a Cubs fan its nice to see. Getting a player with Delgado's potential for a guy in Dempster who is a two month rental (and last year thought to be becoming relatively worthless), in all relative terms would be quite a coup. The Cubs certainly won't be competing next year, and will probably only begin to see an upswing starting in 2014 (Likely high draft picks in the 2013 and 2014 drafts). 2015 is really probably the first year they can realistically look at competing.