Cubs have essentially tredded water through almost the first third of the season, currently only 3 games back in the loss column to Milw and StL. Their starting pitching is pretty much in tact if Zambrano can start consistently in the rotation. Wells is nice surprise,, Guzman is beginning to show his potential. The problem is the offense which was last year's run scoring strength coupled with injuries.
Cubs need a trade to change their everyday lineup with or without Ramirez. A few weeks back before my travels I advocated a trade that many found fault with but now seem to more inclined. To me it is obvious that adding someone to the middle infield with offense and pop would put this club in better position for the next 120 plus and playoffs.
There are two players of note: Tejeda and Uggla that could fit the bill. Tejeda is my choice since he is also a leader on the field that the club needs right now. He could bat 2nd or 3rd and allow Piniella to use Theriot at 2B instead and then platoon him with Fontenot when Ramirez returns. Uggla is also an interesting choice that could be made.
The question is not so much what the Cubs might have to give up but whether Hendry has the corporate capital to make the trade now that the sale of the club is hung up with devilish detail negotiations between financial titans.
Go for it Jim....make the trade....save the season and put the club over the top!