Recent coverage of the Cubs has suggested that Jim Hendry has $3-5 M left to spend to fill the last couple holes on the roster. There is still a possibility of dealing Fukudome and only covering about half his contract. Also, the Cubs are supposedly shopping Gorzelanny, and might be able to deal Silva or Grabow in Spring Training if they seem healthy, without paying their entire salary. The implication is that, at most, the Cubs might spend another $10 million on new players this offseason. If that were available, how would you spend it? Keep it for a mid-season acquisition? Invest it in the minors, international signings and draft? Sign another free agent to a 1-year deal? Pick up a few veterans: another reliever, a recuperating starter like Webb, a 4th outfielder? Trade prospects for a star player locked into a decent contract? Another way to put the question is, "Is there any way to spend $10 M between now and February and make the Cubs more likely to reach the playoffs in 2011?" That may be the way Jim Hendry is framing the issue. Interested in your thoughts.
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