My intent in writing this is getting these ideas out of my head and to you the Cub fan. My title suggests there could be a Magic Formula. I feel there could actually be one. Theo has put one into motion which asks Cub fan to give him 3 to 4 years to turn the organization around. He wants to build from the ground up. This means strengthening our minor league system and maintaining it strong. But what some fans don't understand is he also need to get out from under some ridiculous contracts. And some young players already in the Majors must develop also. In my view these areas are extremely important and are being dealt with. Theo has commented that once these prospects are producing and we're not tied up contract wise, he would supplement them with the pieces they need to succeed. To me this means for example we have 5 or 6 core young players and 3 or 4 solid starters, and our weak area is relief. He would go and get good relief pitchers via free agency. In the mean time, what he's doing is getting position players and veteran pitchers that can eat up innings, short term. If their having good seasons, he trades them for prospects. This may not be the best formula for some fans, but I prefer it to Hendrys wild spending plan. Also, while some say "prospects usually don't pan out", free agents don't either and they cost a whole lot more. But if your well is full with prospects, it's just a matter of having them compete. If some miss, it doesn't break your bank. Now to be a champion, you must go after special players (game changers). Now while I like Starlin, he is not a championship type player. Good talent with no discipline and very little up-side. He is no Jeter or Pedroia. So if he gets back on track to his usual production, trade him To do this you must have a surplus of prospects at his position. Tampa Bay is great at this because they have a strong and deep MLS. Lets say St Louis gave up Oscar Tavares and a good pitching prospect for Starlin and Texas let Jurickson Profar and a couple of pitching prospects go for Shark and Garza. Would you do it? Both Shark and Garza are good, but not Aces. Texas has Andrus at short and are desperate for pitching and St Louis has Jon Jay in center and are weak at short. If you can't get an ace type prospect for Feldman and one of our hitters, just keep him and resign him next year. These are just some things that can be done and it's definitely thinking out of the box. Heck you could probably get the Yankees to part with Gaby Sanchez and a couple of pitching prospects for Feldman, W. Castillo and Soriano ( us paying part of his contract). I can almost see your faces turning red, but these are the things that must be done for top prospects. Now I know people in this forum will probably shoot down my ideas and by no means do I feel there is no other way. After all there just examples. So I ask you please, if it takes 2, 3 or even 4 years, give the formula a chance. I know it's not easy to pay tickets to see a loser. But, lets be honest here, you've been doing it all your lives. Only this time there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. We've been crying for change and now that it's coming, some of you want to go back because you don't want to wait. Rome wasn't constructed in a day. I truly feel in my heart we will win with Theo and his Magic Formula. Just ask Boston. Sorry for my grammer and the construction of this message. I'm new at this.