So far, you may be noticing a trend here with Theo Epstein... He hasn't done much. Nothing much at all. And he's doing EXACTLY what he should be doing. Nothing. Nothing at all. Signing safe, cheap, low-risk, high-reward type guys that won't hurt us with long, expensive contracts down the road. Theo knows the Cubs are not going to win this season. He's doing exactly what Cubs fans have wanted. He didn't sign Pujols, he probably (and hopefully) won't go out and sign Prince Fielder unless the price is too good to be true, and he agrees to only 5-6 years. This is smart for such a simple reason that the fact that nobody sees it is shocking. Cub fans in recent years have been punished by Jim Hendry for years with his long, back-loaded contracts. And while nobody could've predicted Zambrano falling apart, Soriano playing as awful as he has, as well as Milton Bradley, that's baseball. High-end free agents almost NEVER fill out, and the only justifiable signing that went bad was Zambrano because he's still pretty young at 30, and even by the end of his contract he'll be 32. Nobody could've predicted that and I don't think any fan disproved the deal at the time when Zambrano was still pitching at age 26 and putting up Cy young caliber numbers. But that's besides the point. Guys like David Dejesus and Ian Stewart are guys that both remind me of the Mark DeRosa signing. You don't expect much from them, but unlike high end free agents, they don't hurt you if they don't succeed. IF 26 year old Ian Stewart suddenly has a break-out season (note that he was at one point one of the best hitting prospects in the league), or David Dejesus reverts to his former self, then either one would be an excellent signing. If they both suck, oh well, who cares? We'll just let them go. These are the kinds of deals I love, because nothing feels better than getting high production than a player who comes out of nowhere (like Mark DeRosa did). This not only gives the team a potential player for down the road, but future trade bait. David Dejesus is 32 already, so if he plays well until the middle of the season at the deadline, it wouldn't be shocking to trade him for prospects. Things like that.
This has been a weird period of time for Cub fans. AT least in my eyes, If anything, I've been disappointed with the lack of MLB talented that hasn't been moved. I don't expect Soriano or Zambrano to leave any time soon because of their ridiculous contracts for a fair exchange, provided one of them doesn't bounce back this season and have a great first half to make a deadline trade. But I would love to see the Cubs trade Matt Garza for Anthony Rizzo (and more of course). By doing this, we would be bringing up our own prospects into the league, and in doing so, we'd not only solve our first baseman issues, but trade another guy who in a few years will want a high end deal, and be in his thirties. Garza's probably at the point of his career where his value is the highest, and it would be great to see a deal with the Padres. Bringing in Rizzo also means the Cubs wouldn't have to sign Fielder (even though they shouldn't either way). In general, what I'm trying to say is that Epstein has done everything right. Doing nothing is actually the best thing he can do right now while he waits for takers for the high contracts that are on the team. Not much can be done until then. The only player on the team that I think is unmovable is Castro, simply because he's so young and so good. But everyonelse, I think Cub fans can agree has got to go. It's a fire sale, and going back to the Garza trade one last time, even though Epstein has said he would like to build around him, I don't deny the possibility of a trade there, and I hope it happens. (No offense to Garza, he was easily our best pitcher last year, but by the time we need him, he'll probably be 30, and we'd be better off with a prospect).
So, feel free to disagree, debate, I just hope this was an okay read, and thanks for viewing.