OK, it's been a week now, so I'm putting the wood into the Hot Stove and grabbing the matches.
The Cubs definitely need a power-hitting RF or CF, and possibly an upgrade at SS. A #2 starter would allow Lilly, Hill, and Marquis to move down a notch.
However, we all know that the Free Agent market stinks other than A-Rod, who won't be coming here. So... that means that this winter will be a busy trading season; it also means that the Cubs will have to give up something to fill their holes.
Below are most of the guys on the 40 man roster, divided into "tradability" categories. I invite everyone to see what they can come up with to improve the Cubs for 2008.
Free Agents - can't be traded
Cliff Floyd (option)
Steve Trachsel (option)
Very Tradeable - good player, favorable contract
Mark DeRosa - Yankees interested if A-Rod leaves
Jason Marquis - healthy innings-eaters always have value
Jacque Jones - proven he can play CF
Some Value - marginal players, good throw-ins
Angel Guzman - health
Carlos Zambrano - NTC
Henry Blanco - health
Derrek Lee - NTC
Angel Pagan - health
Aramis Ramirez - NTC
Alfonso Soriano - NTC
Good Prospects - unproven
Who stays, who goes, and who comes in return?