Now it seems that we finally have a (good) GM, what actions would you like to see for the upcoming season? Obviously, this team has major problems in areas - so how would you address those weaknesses?
Here are a couple of ways I would address the 2012 Cubs and make changes to the current roster (or disaster for some).
First, I think we can all agree on this one:
1) Fire Mike Quade, replace Quade with Sandberg - Look, I'm sure Mike Quade is a good guy. He seems like the type of guy that walks the elderly across the street, pays his taxes on time, and always drives the speed limit on the highway. But I think we all saw enough from him that he certainly wasn't the major problem - but he certainly wasn't the answer. His in game decisions are bad, and his non authoritative attitude isn't something this team needs with next to no leadership on the team.
2) Explore third base options if Ramirez does not come back - I like Aramis. I really do. I have said before, he's certainly the best and most talented third baseman we've had since Santo. But look, his defense is not good. His leadership isn't what this team has needed. While he swings the bat like a damn good player, it's the fundamental problems that I take issue with. That's been a Cub problem for my entire lifetime. Fundamentals are NOT this organizations strong suit.
Explore the options that maybe available in the trade market. If nothing is available, and if Ramirez is not signed yet - maybe consider taking him back. Offer arb (which he will most likely reject), and get some picks for him if he signs elsewhere.
3) Improve the teams starting pitching - You have nowhere to go but up. This teams starting pitching besides Garza was pretty bad.
4) Trade Alfonso Soriano & Carlos Zambrano somewhere - I don't really care how much of these contracts you have to eat. Even if we have to replace both with rookies to make it work. This team needs to get more value from salaries, and one player has a decent attitude but horrible play (Soriano) - and the other has good talent and play at times but an horrible attitude (Zambrano).
5) Sign Prince Fielder if Pujols' won't be an viable option - Pujols is going to cost you alot. Let the Cards offer him an deal more than 6 years. At least kick the tires on him. If not, set your sights on a player like Fielder who is younger and is a great hitter in his own right.
These options are in no obvious order, I'm just hoping Epstein can lead the Cubs in the right direction (which I'm sure he can and will). What are your wishes for this Cubs' offseason?