2002 roster had Cub immortals like the ill-fated prodigy Todd Hundley, 6-finger Alfonsesca, (unfortunately he stayed) and Crime dog McGriff, in short they were not only unproductive and highly paid but also locker room poison assassins. Needless to say the team was more than disappointing, winning less than 70 games. That winter Hendry traded one very bad contract for two disappointing veteran contracts (Grudz who ended up re-claiming his career for another 5 years) and 1B Eric Karros. More than the statistical change that both veterans had in 2003, both players contributed mightily in the make up of the team and locker room.
Looking at the 2009 Cubs there were two players of significance that need to be subtracted from the locker room are two key contracts; the obvious--- Milton Bradley "the daily "As the World Turns" and "I wonder, wonder who wrote that he was a superstar" Alfonso Soriano, totally almost $30M annually. Now remove them with players like the Luca proposed Burrell or Trib proposed Rowand and despite the stat heads discontent from past performances this team will begin to be right.