If this off season has taught us Cub fans anything, it undoubtedly is that given a little bit of a loosened purse string, the Cubs will make a huge splash in the free agent market. Besides that rumor last July in the Sun-Times about the Cubs making a deadline trade, did we actually think the Cubs where going to sign Alfonso Soriano? Of course not, because as we've seen in countless off seasons before, with the likes of Jim Thome, Scott Rolen, Mike Piazza, Carlos Beltran and anyone else on the Cubs' dream team list of guys we should have, could have and didn't sign, history has told us that The Cubs don't make those moves.
Well, I have a move if given the chance (Yes a big if) The Cubs HAVE to make.
Let's face it, the marriage between The Yankees and A-Rod has been, well K-Fed and Brittney-esque, A-rod and his fragile psyche has been lambasted by the New York media and fans. Unbelievable as it sounds a man who put up an AVG .290 | HR 35 | RBI 121 was booed, yes booed at times this year at Yankee Stadium. Now granted his post-season play was terrible, but who wouldn't have issues when the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you are expected no almost demanded to win.
After the 2007 season A-rod has a chance to free himself of the shackles that are the New York Yankees, being a Scott Boras client, a clause in his Texas sized contract he signed with the Rangers six years ago, states that he may opt out of his current deal and turn free agent ala Aramis Ramirez did this year.
This is a big deal considering his current state of mind with the Yankees, and the ability to jump at the chance at a better deal with possibly a better mental situation for Alex.
And here's how the Cubs play into this idea.
First, the Cubs have had a merry-go-round at shortstop pretty much since Ryno hung his cleats up, Moving A-Rod back to short, and to his natural position would definitely cut down the chances for the errors he had at third this year.
Secondly, Chicago its fans and media would embrace Mr. Rodriguez as the biggest name since Michael Jordan
Third, The Cubs would be A-rod's team, unlike his current residence the Yankees, were its Derek Jeter's team
Forth and most importantly, The Cubs will instantly become a shoe-in for the NL Pennant, especially given the weak state of affairs in the National League.
There definitely is one thing that is an X factor in all of this however, The Cubs HAVE to re-sign Carlos Zambrano this off season.
This idea of A-Rod to the Cubs isn't really too far fetched given a common sense approach, which the boys in Tribune tower haven't been exactly known for.