Five Things Jim Hendry Needs to Do This Offseason
There's an old saying that goes, "if it isn't broke don't fix it." Well, apparently Cubs GM Jim Hendry hasn't heard that saying.
After the Cubs were unceremoniously swept from the NLDS last season, the offseason goal became to get more left-handed hitters because the Dodgers didn't throw a single lefty at the Cubs during that series.
This team won 97 games for a reason last year, mostly with right-handed hitters, so why mess with what works? What Hendry proceeded to do in the offseason left many fans questioning just what exactly he was thinking.
Here is a list of suggestions for Hendry to address this offseason.
Get Rid of Kevin Gregg
Why we signed this guy I have no idea, and I don't even think Jim Hendry truly knows, either. We had two much better options within the organization, and both would've caused a lot less frustration: Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood.
Hendry needs to let Gregg know his services will no longer be needed at the end of the year and he should find work elsewhere. You knew what you were going to get with him, and why Hendry ever signed him is beyond me.
After watching Daryle Ward obliterate one of his pitches down in Florida, that would've been enough for me to stay clear of him.
Trade Milton Bradley?
Everyone said what a bad idea it would be to sign him and so far they haven't been wrong. He hasn't hit, and it's appearing that his time in Chicago won't be long term.
If Hendry can find a suitor for him, then he should get him out of Chicago as soon as possible. Signing Bradley was just one of many mistakes that Hendry will need to rectify this offseason.
Get Soto Back to His R.O.Y Form
Injuries are one thing, but the way Geovany Soto has played this year can be directly contributed to how poorly out of shape he was coming into spring training.
Perhaps this is due to the fact that he was part of the WBC where he wasn't under the watchful eye of the Cubs organization. He clearly needs to get back his 2008 form to become just a flash in the pan.
Tell Aaron Miles to Take a Hike
He was apparently brought in to replace Mark DeRosa. What a joke that was. Aaron Miles couldn't carry DeRosa's jock strap on his best day.
Miles hit over .300 with the Red Birds last season, but is hitting less than his weight and has been a waste of time and money. This money could've easily paid for DeRosa. It won't be soon enough to not see Miles playing in a Cubs uniform.
Bring Back Mark DeRosa
This should actually be priority No. 1 for Hendry. Hendry should apologize to the fans and admit he was wrong for trading him away.
DeRosa would've suited many of the Cubs needs during this season. Bringing him back for next season would give this a team a huge boost.
But is DeRosa willing to forgive and forget?