Sorry Cub fans, but the season is over.
Actually, it was over the instant the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Matt Holliday and made the Cubs second-class citizens in the NL Central.
Or maybe it was earlier than that.
The Cubs were doomed when they traded Mark DeRosa (21 HR and 63 RBI this season), signed Milton Bradley (.263, 8 HR, 30 RBI) for 3 years $30 million instead of OFs Adam Dunn, Bobby Abreu, or Raul Ibanez (if you are unfamiliar, look their numbers up), and traded NL All Star Jason Marquis for literally nothing.
DeRosa was replaced with light hitting Aaron Miles (.191, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 54 games) and Marquis with nobody in particular. Management counted on the "depth" of their roster to make up for Marquis and DeRosa’s absence, but how deep is your roster when rookies Randy Wells and Jake Fox are two of the best players on your team?
I was never against the DeRosa trade or the Bradley signing, but when you look at what Jason Marquis is doing this season and what other free agent OFs are doing (Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, Bobby Abreu), it is easy to see Cubs management made a mistake.
The Cubs fooled their fans, and more importantly, they fooled GM Jim Hendry.
The roster is filled with MVP/Cy Young candidates like Carlos Zambrano, Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly, Kosuke Fukudome, and everyone’s least favorite Cub, Milton Bradley.
The Cubs had eight all stars last season, won 97 games, and were swept by the Dodgers in the postseason. Management (Cubs GM Jim Hendry) then made a bevy of moves hoping to improve a team that won nearly 100 games.
It seems hard to improve a team that won that many games, and I am starting to believe this Cubs team reached its peak last season.
Jim Hendry has locked the Cubs into lucrative long-term deals and if Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, and Kosuke Fukudome frustrate you now, well that is too bad—they are going to be around for a long time.
Soriano still has five years left on his deal, making $18 million annually, and his skills have already started to diminish. Not many teams will want an overpaid .240 hitter who is known as a terrible defender and cannot run anymore.
The Cubs signed Soriano to an eight year, $136 million contract due to his 40 HR/40 SB potential. Soriano has 46 SBs and 81 HRs in his 2.5 year Cub career.
We all know how bad Milton Bradley has been all season, but I actually think Milton Bradley will bounce back next season.
This bozo lead the American League in OBP + Slugging % (OPS) last season.
FYI, Joe Mauer, perhaps the best hitter in baseball, leads the AL in OPS this season. What I am saying is you cannot accidentally lead a league known for its hitting in OPS—you have to be a good hitter.
Knowing Jim Hendry, he will likely trade Milton Bradley this offseason and Bradley will return to his 2008 All Star form next season.
In another bonehead move by management, the Cubs signed Kosuke Fukudome in 2007 to a four year, $48 million contract.
No one wants a light hitting CF that makes close to $13 million per season. Kosuke is a good guy, keeps his mouth shut, and plays hard every day, but that does not mean he deserves to make $13 million per season.
The Cubs' roster is similar to the smoking hot girl who finds you cute and leads you on because she is bored and likes the attention.
The Cubs will be in the playoff race the rest of the season, consistently within four games of the wild card, and misleading you until the last week of the season when then they will look at you and say, "Sorry, it’s over."
You then think to yourself, "I didn’t even get to have sex with you, so WTF was I doing this whole time?!"
This Cubs season is becoming futile fast, much like a relationship with no sex. Get out now, Cubs fans, and save yourself a broken heart.
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