Pogotheostrich wrote:This got me thinking, what exactly are the Cubs doing? They have the best 1,2,3 SP combo in MLB. They have money to spend.
Alou 11.5, Clement 6, and Alex Gonzalez 5.5 are all gone.
Plus these contracts end after 2005.
Sosa 17 – 4.5 buyout = 12.5
Maddux has a 2006 options he might or might not meet and Hawkins has a 3.5 player option for 2006.
So with great SP, contracts coming off the books, and a sold out stadium all the time the Cubs are going after Burnitz? I'm not saying they should overpay for Beltran or anything but Burnitz?
Aram, Zambrano, Prior and a few others all got raises this offseason but they still have plenty of money to spend. Coming into the offseason I wanted to sign Nomar, a leadoff man and a closer. It looks like I'll get neither of the last two as all the good closers are off the market unless they can swing a deal for Urbina and Hendry seems ok with having Patterson as a leadoff man. So unless we somehow get Beltran this offseason will be a failure IMO.