[quote="Lil' Doug Dascenzo"]Let's all bear in mind that the Cubs team that won the division and came within 5 outs of the World Series in 2003 entered that season with Erik Karros, Alex Gonzalez, and Mark Belhorn (before he went to Boston and figured out how to hit) as everyday players.
Jim Hendry made moves to get guys like Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton before the trade deadline that year. Is Burnitz my favorite option? No, but I have faith that if the Cubs need a bat at some point during the season they will get one.[/quote]
Exactly! I am a lifelong Cubs fan and knowing that Hendry is in charge doesn't make nervous at all. In fact I am confident that he will do the best within his powers to make the Cubs competitive. Remember everybody, last year was the first time in FOREVER that the cubs had back-to-back winning seasons, not to mention coming within 1 game of the playoffs for two years in a row.
Burnitz is an option at RF, and not a horrible one. He is better than any of the current options, and who cares if your #8 hitter strikes out 100+ times, if he gets 25+ HR and 80+ RBI, that's far from the worse you could do! People are so quick to forget about the days when the bottom 3 of the Cubs order were guaranteed outs.
To respond to the original post, nothing is final with Hendry until the deal is reported confirmed by ESPN. It could be Burnitz, it could be Mags, Huff, who knows. Remember, the Nomar deal was out of nowhere last trade deadline. The same can be said of reporting by the Tribune and the Sun Times. Both actually do a great job of sports reporting along with the sports talk shows in Chicago. So who do I trust? I trust it when the deal is finally made, outside of that, I love talking over speculative trades and rumors...it is great for Chicago sports. Knowing Hendry, he'll probably pull off a deal no one ever thought of like acquiring Graves and Griffey from the Reds and solving both RF and Closer openings.