With as many needs as ours, 2010 isn't gonna be exactly favorable to us winning a Championship . 83 wins is awful for a team with our kinda payroll. We have already let a solid starter walk. We still have no answer to the MB situation. We have a bullpen with more questions than answers. We don't know if Lilly will be ready for opening day or not. We have 2 huge question marks as our #4 or #5 starter. Our SS was a bargain at the league min for what he is in terms of ability. Well now he's not a cheap stop gap anymore. We don't know which catcher we will be getting next season. Our 3rd and1st baseman are ever aging and their history of injuries are piling up. We still need some quality bench guys.
It's time to start the rebuild process vs trying to piece together another 1/2 ass team! We have a new owner with new vision. He seems willing to upgrade the facilities and get this team where in needs to be going into the future in terms of marketing/amenities etc. Players like Marlon Byrd and Rick Ankiel aren't gonna get us anywhere and that's exactly whats left on the market that we can seemingly afford.
No better time to start fixing the mistakes of our past than now. Yes there are players which we will not be able to trade under any circumstance but there are some that could be traded for quality cheap prospects. Its a win/win situation. Shed payroll and start getting re-tooling while bad contracts are being paid off.
I don't like the thought of losing but to get the stars aligned where were able to have a legit shot at winning year in and year out were gonna have to take some chances in the trade market by trading away players we don't want too. It comes a time when we have to quit lying to ourselves and having false senses of hope. That time is NOW!!