I recently had the opportunity to travel back to eighteenth century France and ask Voltaire for his view of the Cubs' front office. Was optimism warranted? He gave it some thought and responded in writing. Here is what he had to say: The boy wonder gave instruction in sabermetrico-theologico-annual-flipology. He proved admirably that one cannot possibly build a contender without a tear-down and that in this best of all possible worlds the boy wonder's Plan was the most beautiful of all Plans and his prospects the best of all prospects. It is clear, said he, that things cannot be otherwise than they are, for since the tear-down is made to serve the rebuild, the tear-down necessarily serves the best rebuild. Observe: mediocre free agents were made to be flipped for prospects, hence we have mediocre free agents. The draft, as anyone can plainly see, was made to induce tanking, and so we have tanking . . . Consequently , . . . everything is for the best.