On August 2nd, I posted that it was important for the Cubs not to just "play out the string". It is important to aggressively assess talent (or lack of) within the organization. 16 days later that has not happened. Colvin has not played everday. Carpenter is in the minors, while we watch Ramon Ortiz. Brett Jackson is tearing up AAA since a bumpy start. Carlos $10 Million Pena is still starting everyday. Get LaHair up here and let him play, and waiver trade Pena. Maybe LaHair is a career minor leaguer, but maybe he can platoon lefty/righty with Baker (and save $9+Million). First basement are easy to find.
Where are the AAA (Clavenger/Castillo) catchers while we continue to see Koyie Hill get 2 starts a week. Maybe Soto can be offseason trade bait? Why isn't LaMahieu up here to see if he should be on the roster in 2012? I'm sure there are more.
Yes, these things are "maybes", but the whole point is, let's be productive. Unfortunately, this Quade/Hendry regime clearly think being 15 under .500, versus 20 under .500 is a huge deal.
I'll pose this question: Wouldn't it be more fun to watch and see if some younger guys can produce for next year, instead of watching those who HAVEN''T produced this year?