Let's take a certain discussion from the comments to the front page.
On the "What do we owe?" post, Chief says like it or not, the Cubs will be forced to spend some money this offseason. The Cub fan base demands investment, and a $120 million payroll (that includes my rough estimates at arb raises) simply will not do.
So let's get wild here. Here's the link to 2011 free agents; who could the Cubs sign for next year? I suppose Everybody's Favorite Option would be to spend $100 million over five years on Cliff Lee, so for the sake of creativity let's look at alternatives. Here's everything I can see from going down the list:
IN THE FIELD
1) Sign Victor Martinez and move either him or Geovany Soto to first base.
2) Sign Adam Dunn or Carlos Pena to play first base.
3) Sign Orlando Hudson, Felipe Lopez, Juan Uribe, Cristian Guzman, or Aaron Miles to play second base, move Aramis Ramirez to first base, and move Blake DeWitt to third. Apparently DeWitt's glove plays well there.
4) Sign Adrian Beltre, Ty Wigginton, or Miguel Tejada to play third base and move Aramis Ramirez to first base.
5) Sign Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford to play right field and move Tyler Colvin to first base.
ON THE MOUND
1) Move Randy Wells and/or Tom Gorzelanny and/or Carlos Silva and/or Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen and sign one or more of:
Jorge De La Rosa, Justin Duchscherer, Ted Lilly, Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Ben Sheets, Javier Vasquez, Brandon Webb, and/or Jake Westbrook.
I'd argue relievers can't make a .500 team a 90-win team, but maybe you disagree.
I'd rather put all we can towards the 2012 free agent class, which has some players with much higher ceilings. But if you like any of these ideas, then by all means.