So crazy it just might work
One of the most tiring fan activities we come across from time to time is that, whenever a former superstar/future Hall of Famer is available, regardless the position he plays and his current level of ability, people will clamor for him. I tend to respond to that by rolling my eyes, gnashing my teeth, and shooting it down with the fury of a thousand suns.
Still ... a former star closer is now available. He's clearly done as a starter, going 2-5 with an 8.32 ERA, but I wonder if John Smoltz would be the right kind of low-risk high-reward move that Jim Hendry used to make from time to time. Maybe he'd do a better job than Gregg, or maybe he'd flame out after two weeks, but at this point I doubt many people are expecting a whole lot from the Cubs and it would be an interesting move.
Just a thought. I know it's crazy, but it's so crazy that ... well, you know.
Edit: Adding to the debate
since the whole "the players we have need to play better" thing isn't happening - why not add a new piece? Our payroll sucks as it is - why not completely explode it?
An interesting reader comment that appears riddled with mistakes and assumptions. In regards to the first comment "why not add a new piece" - I get that it's supposed to be sarcastic, but in regards to what?
As for "why not completely explode it" ... lostin appears to think that the Cubs are going to give Smoltz $5 million to finish out the year with a second year for even more money. That's not the case. Smoltz is already getting what the Red Sox owed him, and if teams are interested he's likely to sign on for the league minimum with the organization that fits his needs the best. Also he is very unlikely to ask for -- or receive, or even want to play through -- a second year.
Again, this is a low-cost high-reward opportunity. Smoltz will not get big bucks or a long contract. Also, considering that many of you agree that the team is already not playoff bound, the worst case scenario is you get exactly what you're expecting, while the best case scenario is that the Cubs gain a sudden advantage with 1.5 months left in the season.