With a team who won 97 games last year you really wouldn't want to change the team much. But we lost 3 players this off-season who helped us win 97 games. Clutch players, and leaders. Kerry Wood. Mark DeRosa. Jim Edmonds.
Now let me say first that I'm a huge Milton Bradley fan. I love his fiery attitude and he's a great ball player. The thing is, he is injury prone (as he's already shown) and can change a ball club with his attitude if he says something wrong. But still I'm a huge fan. If you keep Edmonds you still got power from the left side and you have Kosuke playing in Right where he did very good at last year. With Bradley starting off slow and already hurt, Edmonds would have been the way to go.
Aaron Miles is off to a slow start and Fontenot his not hitting as well as he was earlier this year. The question is, where's DeRo? Everyone loved him, his hustle, his versatility, his leadership. He's the ultimate ballplayer. But he's gone. When you have a team who, in my book had there best year ever in 08, and get rid of 2 key players like Mark and Jimmy that can really change the clubhouse and fan base.
Woody. He had 34 saves last year in 40 save opportunities. That's not bad. He also is a leader. He really loved the Cubs too. He would play for the Cubs for the league minimum if he had to, because he loved Wrigley and the fans. But we get rid of him. But its ok we got Marmol. Well we go get Kevin Gregg who isn't near as good as Wood and hasn't played so great this year. Plus Marmol just got hurt.
Our team is falling apart with injuries and were not hitting. Why don't we have those 3 guys. We had the best team in Baseball last year. (Not standing wise). So we get rid of 3 of our best players (Not saying ability wise but leadership and clubhouse charisma).
i think if we still had those 3 guys we would be in first place right now, not St. Louis.