As previously mentioned, several headline stars will be available in the upcoming offseason.
What Cubs fan wouldn't love to see Cole Hamels step to the mound on Opening Day as Josh Hamilton sprints out to left field?
After watching Yadier Molina dominate behind the plate for St. Louis, who wouldn't want to see him throwing out the other team's runners instead of the Cubs?
David Wright would sure look better than Ian Stewart on the hot corner, and if Greinke can win a Cy Young in Kansas City, why can't he in Chicago?
The temptations will be there, and rumors will swirl as to who the Cubs are in on. But the risks are too great on each for the Cubs to be in position to take the gamble.
The Cubs aren't one player away like some other teams may be. Taking a risk on a big name could doom the franchise for years to come (like many believe Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome and Milton Bradley did).
I'm not saying Hamels is a risk. He's a top-of-the-line starter and left-handed at that. But I believe he will be much more expensive than that of the demands by Cain. I don't want all attention on Cain and have a surprise team snag Cain, like Detroit did with Prince Fielder.
Josh Hamilton has off-field issues, issues I believe would be higher risk in the city of Chicago. Besides his alcohol issues, he will be 32 and hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy. Some team will pony up money for him, but the Cubs shouldn't be that team. Committing a big contract to Hamilton while paying Soriano isn't the optimal play.
Molina will be 30 and expecting at least $10 million a year. That's a lot to commit to a defensive catcher entering his 10th season at this time next season. Castillo is a suitable option.
Greinke's issues have already been discussed, while David Wright is the face of the New York Mets. They have an option to keep him, and I see little reason for them to do so. They may be unloading, but he's the one player that fans come to see in that stadium.
If available, expect someone to pay more than the Cubs have to get him.