All hail King Theo for accomplishing the impossible: trading the undesirable Carlos Zambrano.
Some Cubs fans are wringing their hands over losing Zambrano's talent. But his high-mileage, lower-fastball arm makes it debatable whether he'll ever be the same ace who once threw a no-hitter in 2008.
What's more, if a winning Cubs culture is to be nurtured—as Epstein has promised—then addition by subtraction was necessary.
Distractions are not welcome in a Cubs dugout focused on winning. As a bonus, Cubs players can feel safer knowing that the likelihood of being punched in the face just got substantially lower.
At one point, Cubs fans thought the team would be lucky to get a bag of balls in return for the volatile Venezuelan with the hefty contract. In getting Chris Volstad, some fans think the bag of balls might have been better.
In 2011, Volstad posted an alarming 5-13 record and 4.89 ERA, worse even than the dreadful Rodrigo Lopez.
But is Volstad really that bad?
Yes, he is still young at 25, under team control until 2014 and an innings eater. But if Volstad is so bad, does all that other stuff matter? Do we really want Volstad under team control until 2014 if he's so awful?
As it turns out after digging a little deeper, I found three positive things about him that should give Cubs fans optimism for 2012 and beyond.