The Window is closing, has closed?
Have the Cub's missed their chance to grab the brass ring? This Cub's team was built to win now and I believe now has passed. It is time to look at the future.
The team is still up for sale with no end in sight. Ricketts has not been able to close the deal. As a matter of fact was/is looking for an additional 250 million from outside investers. Add that to the fact that he is going to have to invest a large amounts of money into improving Wrigley Field. He is not going to be the deep pockets owner we were hoping for.
Any rebuilding project is going to be handcuffed by the back loaded contracts we have. Also, is Jim Hendry the man we want to trust to do the rebuilding. Here are my suggestions as a possible direction we can go today.
The Ranger's are looking for starting pitching to make their run now. Work a 3 way deal with the Rangers and the Rockies, Trade them Lilly and Heilman for prospects and move the prospects, and Patton, to the Rockies for some combination of Ian Stewart, Ryan Spillboughs, and Seth Smith.
Fukudome has not totally sucked this year. Market him to a team that has a Japanese player and sell his lack production as being homesickness. Yes, we will need to eat part of the contract.
Play the heck out of Freel and market him as DeRosa lite. Keep starting Jake Fox hope he stays hot, there are teams looking for a righthanded bat.
Sit Bradley down. His stats do not justify his starting and if he misses enough starts he loses the option on the 3rd year of his contract. There will be whining, but who runs the team Lou and Hendry or the players.
The Giants are looking for a bat. Try and get D. Lee off of his no trade clause and ask for Matt Cain settle for J. Sanchez.
Kurt, I believe you have all the details on the sale of the team. Perhaps you could explain better why Rickett's does not have deep pockets.
Does anyone have better ideas of what the future holds?