These five guys are just KILLING the Cubs right now
I am not going to elaborate; I trust you all will do it for me. But this team would be a lot better, instantly, if these five guys were either released or sent to Iowa, and replaced by the next best five guys we have in the farm system:
Geo Soto, Ryan Freel, Aaron Miles, Neal Cotts and David Patton.
Yeah, Soto. His OPS+ is the LOWEST of all NL regulars. He has grounded into nine double plays, which also leads the NL. He is slugging below .300. He could not be more fat, sassy, and entitled.
Send Soto to Iowa, Patton back to Colorado, release Freel and Cotts, and do what you can with Miles. Replace them with any five names you wish - Jeff Stevens, Mitch Atkins, Jake Fox, Wellington Castillo, and Andres Blanco - and we'll be instantly better. This cannot be argued, this is fact.
Whether or not this would be best in the long term, I personally feel it would. This portion, argue amongst yourselves (or agree amongst yourselves, if need be). But short term, Soto, Freel, Miles, Cotts and Patton are just KILLING us, and we just can't carry them, along with everyone else not named Lilly, Fukudome and Hill, who are slumping right now.