Posted by: Chris | October 5, 2010

My Thoughts On The 2010 Cubs

Well the season is over. It ended the same way it began, with a loss. The 2010 Cubs finished with a record of 75-87, good enough for 5th in the NL central division. They were never above 500 the entire season. The Cubs just couldn’t get it going this year, struggling with consistent offense in the first half, then sloppy defense in the second half. And it doesn’t help that next year, the team will be older, bloated contracts will increase, and the overall payroll is expected to decrease. I think we were all hopeing for something better, but deep down we knew our window of oppurtinity was 2007-2009, and with all the terrible contracts and no-trade-cluases, Cubs fans just have to ride out the storm and in a few years, start fresh and give it another try.

With only a few bright spots to look forward to in 2011, and not much to work with, GM Jim Hendry will really have his work cut out for him. It’s obvious he will have to move at least one bad contract if he is to do anything this offseason, and with Zambrano’s amazing second half, it looks like Big Z will be staying put. So that leaves two choices, Carlos Silva or Kosuke Fukudome. Both had career years in 2010, but neither of them are worthy of their huge contracts. Both Silva and Fukudome are heading into their last year of their current contracts as well.

So as we head into the 2010 offseason, here is what the Cubs look like:

C-Geovany Soto

1B-?

2B- Blake DeWitt

SS-Starlin Castro

3B-Aramis Ramirez

OF- Alfonso Soriano

OF-Marlon Byrd

OF-Kosuke Fukudome

Bench-Tyler Colvin, Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill, Darwin Barney

Pitching Rotation:

Carlos Zambrano

Ryan Dempster

Jeff Samardzija

Carlos Silva

Tom Gorzelanny

Randy Wells

Casey Coleman

So the huge hole in the lineup is who will be at first base next year. Xavier Nady, who is going to be a free agent, did a decent job for Derrek Lee, but we can certainly do better then Nady as our everyday first baseman. I didn’t fill out the bullpen because their are too many question marks aside from Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, and Andrew Cashner. Also, the Cubs, who now have a surplus of mediocre/average pitchers, will have to do something with their rotation as well.

Whatever happens this offseason, let’s hope things get better.

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Responses

  1. I think the Cubs would be hard pressed not to try to move Silva and Gorzelanny. Without having a FA list in front of me, it would seem someone would buy into the numbers game each of those guys have (maybe the Mets?). As for first base, I could see DeWitt moving there if they can’t land someone in the offseason. I don’t think Nady stays another season, but I’m not rehearsed on what kind of contracts these guys have. Seems those don’t really matter, except Soriano’s, which is one of the worst I’ve seen.

  2. Hmm…. do you think Micah Hoffpauir deserves a shot at first? Also, they could probably deal Gorzelanny for someone if they wanted to. They probably wouldn’t miss him too much and could get something decent in return.

  3. Hoffpauir is getting to old (31) and is looking more of a AAAA player then an everday position player, especially at first base. As for gorzelanny, I think dealing him along with a few other guys for a young major league ready first baseman would be the best fitting option for the cubs. They really cant afford to go and spend big on Adam Dunn so I think going for a cheap youngster like Kila KAhahui would be a good solution

  4. Makes sense.

  5. Hmmm, what about Berkman on a one year deal? Too injury prone for you?

  6. I wouldnt mind berkman, so long as its an incentive-based contract, i dont think id take him unless its a low risk high reward type deal but yea

    • Definitely, he could play well in Wrigley on a one year deal if he stayed healthy.


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