Hendry's response to Rosenthal's column is a MLB traditional final warning to the club and the manager. If Hendry would have not commented on the column it would have gone off into the universe of "so what's" but he took the opportunity the double tongued world of public relations to make a headline and now fuel speculation. And yet here is the obvious, if the Cubs do turn it around and let us say win 8 of the next 10 they will be .500 again. Still underperforming, the thing is they have to go 15 out of the next 20 and they still will be 31-27 in mid-June.My bet is that sometime between the fifty and sixty game mark Piniella will be replaced. Hopefully it will be orderly, where he is even offered and takes a consulting role with the front office. The team is playing without a sense of urgency, they are flat except for flashes by Byrd, Colvin and now Castro. Uninspired is the best description, Lou has tried different things and for some reason they have not responded and haven't since last August.
Certainly two late game wins, Sunday's Nady hit and last night's Ramirez blast showed some signs that there is some professional competitive spirit. Ramirez's body language was more like finally instead of yeah...The same for Nady's first PH.
Here is the speculation then, who? Do the Cubs go outside or stay inside the organizaton? The obvious question is Sandburg or some rent-a-manager. If the Cubs are indeed rebuilding Sandburg is the obvious choice. He has seen what is in Iowa as well as in West Tenn. If Sandburg the Cubs will be dealing and for those Hendry haters Hendry will also stay at least another year, possibly two. His orders will probably be to reduce payroll liabilities as orderly as possible...
You can start with DLee & Ramirez but it might actually begin with a marginal player like Theriot who might be coveted by a Detroit. LA has lost Ethier and Colvin needs to get on the field, Fukudome could go to Ravine and play RF. SF looks really good but they need a real 1B or TB might want a rent-a-1B/DH. SD might like to have a Ramirez or Seattle might too, heck . The biggest move will be Zambrano, someone will want to take a 28 year old former horse even if he has a big contract. Samardzija might also be part of this moving as well.
The question will be what the club gets in return. I can see Blarney coming up and platooning with Fontenot and shedding a couple million. The thing is Cubs need to get younger fast. They are set up to make these moves with Nady and Tracy around to fill in. They have plenty of arms the thing is they need a real direction and plan. This team is going nowhere.