Obviously, big changes need to be made to this team. Please don't tell me about the 2008 in-season stats. They were great, but so what? These guys are choke artists.
The 2009 Cubs will need at least a new leadoff hitter and a number 3 hitter, perhaps even cleanup. I'm not sure if that means that Lee needs to be traded or not. Soriano can move down to #5 or 6 where he is more suited to be. Hopefully Fukudome can improve on his first season in the majors as many Japanese players have. Oh yeah, a CF might be nice too. My guess is that Pie will get first shot, but the Cubs have to know what they are getting into there.
I'm still pretty happy with the pitching staff and would re-sign Dempster (4 years $48M). Zambrano is and will be the #1 of the staff. Picking up Harden's option is a no-brainer. Get a lefty reliever. Shark, Wood, and Marmol can and should stay in thier slots at least to start the season.
This is a sick (and I don't mean that in a good way) team. The head of the sickness has to be cut off and that's with Soriano and Lee, and possibly Ramirez and Theriot too. He can't play major league quality SS defense and let's not kid ourselves. Luckily, they have trade value (with the possible exception of Soriano with his contract). It's time for Hendry to exercise that trade value.