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Should They Stay or Should They Go?

June 27, 2010

Hi everybody and welcome to another edition of dumbass fans speculating on things we know nothing about.  Today’s topic is which Chicago Cubs will be traded away before the trade deadline.  With the Cubs continuing to suck while having a salary more bloated than a Midol commercial, there really isn’t a choice but to rebuild around a few key guys.

So who do you build around and who do you let loose?  That is the question.

These are the guys that the Cubs need to keep on the team and build around.  They are young, talented and for the most part proven.

Andrew Cashner (P) Age: 23  He’s not proven but he’s pitched very well so far and the scouts love him.  I expect him to be moved into starting rotation next season.

Carlos Marmol (P) Age: 27 Watching him pitch takes years off of your life but his stuff is nasty.  Just straight filthy.  The slider alone makes him one of the most dangerous pitchers in the NL.

Randy Wells (P) Age: 27 I know he’s had a rough year so far.  He’s 3-6 with and ERA over 5 but he was great last year and I really believe that he’s somebody that can be a solid starter for years.  Not a Cy Young candidate but a solid starter.

Geo Soto (C) Age: 27 Soto was amazing his rookie year and that lead to over exaggerated expectations.  He’s a guy that’s going to hit .270 with 10 HRs a year and that’s solid for a catcher.  More importantly he can handle the staff.

Starlin Castro (SS) Age: 20  HE’S 20!!  His batting average is bad and he’s not a power guy but I think this season is a huge learning season for him.  It’s all about experience.  He’s playing everyday and is seeing MLB pitching all the time.  Expect big things.

Tyler Colvin (OF) Age: 24 This one I’m not so sure about but he’s been impressive so far this season.  He’s young, fast, talented and has the ability to give the Cubs something they’ve been missing the last couple of years, a left handed power hitter.

Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye
These guys have one foot out the door and it makes the most sense for the Cubs to get something out of it.

Ted Lilly (P) Age: 34 He’s been fantastic for the Cubs and he’s one of the best pick ups in Jim Hendry career in Chicago but he’s got a lot of value and a large contract.  I’ll miss you Theodore Roosevelt.

Derrek Lee (1B) Age: 34 Lee and Lilly are in the same boat and both would be sorely missed.  He’s been the face of the franchise and has had some amazing years here in Chicago.  There’s nothing bad I can say about him.  Forever a Cub.

Tom Gorzelanny (P) Age: 31  It would be Silva in this spot if not for Silva’s gigantic contract.  Sorry Tommy Go-Go, you’ve been solid with your ability to eat innings and look like sloth.

If wishing made it so
Guys with huge contracts that aren’t worth it but we can’t get rid of them.

Carlos Zambrano (P) Age: 29 Up until this past weekend I would say keep this guy but I am now officially sick and tired of his antics and his inability to get people out.  Have fun in the bullpen asshole.

Kosuke Fukudome (OF) Age: 33 Never prospered into the player the Cubs had hoped he’d be when they signed him.  I don’t think he’s a bad player, I just think he was overpaid and over hyped.

Alfonso Soriano (OF) Age: 34 Do I really need to explain this one?

Aramis Ramirez (3B) Age: 32 I don’t know if he’s just been hurt this whole time or if he’s on the back end of his career or both or neither but he’s been awful.  The best hitter on the Cubs the past 5 years is now the worst.  I can’t explain it.

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  1. Kyle permalink*
    June 27, 2010 3:02 pm

    I realize you were just working with the Big League roster here, but the Cubs have one of the strongest farm systems in baseball and there are some really fantastic players who are a year or two away from being serious contributors for the Cubs…

    1. Jay Jackson (RHP) – Was on the fast track to the majors until Andrew Cashner decided to become awesome. As the Cubs continue to suck, Jackson might get the call. Should be a solid No. 3/4 starter in the Bigs.

    2. Wellington Castillo (C) – With the struggles of Soto, the Cubs might give Castillo a chance to take his place. Not a great hitter but a better defensive catcher than Soto.

    3. Darwin Barney (SS/2B) – I saw this guy play in Peoria last summer and I was very impressed. Small, but powerful and very athletic. Should replace Theriot.

    4. Brett Jackson (OF) – Love this guy. Should replace Marlon or Soriano when one of them leaves. Big time athlete and a solid lefty bat. Jackson and Colivn should be a killer duo in the outfield and at the plate for years to come.

    5. Chris Carpenter (not that one)/Mike Parisi (RHP) – Two guys that could become solid back of the rotation starters or reliable middle innings relievers. Too early to tell.

    6. Josh Vitters (3B) – The heir to the 3B thrown. Lots of power, but lots of strikeouts. He has had an up-and-down career in the minors, but I think he’s one of those guys that will turn it on at the Bigs.

    7. Hak-Ju Lee (SS) – Quietly the best SS the Cubs have in their system (even better than Castro). Probably 3-4 years away from being ready, but he’ll get his chance.

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