Dear Jim Hendry: Make Like The Steelers and Throw in The Terrible Towel

Jake KarmelCorrespondent IISeptember 10, 2009

MILWAUKEE - JUNE 4: General Manager Jim Hendry of the Chicago Cubs talks with reporters before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park June 4, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Cubs can be described in one word this season: Awful. That doesn't even do it justice.

I have been a Cubs fan for all my life and I think this is the most talent I've seen on a team in a long time. Can they produce? You tell me.

Jim Hendry needs to follow the ideas of the Florida Marlins after they won their World Series in 2003. He needs to do a fire sale. They need to rebuild, not just this team, the entire franchise from the ground up.

Start at the basics. Get rid of all your big salary players. Players like Soriano, Bradley, Zambrano, Fukudome, Ramirez, Lee, Dempster, Lilly, Gregg, Baker, Hoffpauir, Fontenot, and Miles all have to go. Just dump them.

The rebuilding time has come.

Guys like Ryan Theriot and Geovany Soto are guys you can build this franchise around. Also if Randy Wells matures into the stud he has shown signs of this year. The Cubs need to stop going out and spending big bucks on busts like Soriano and Bradley.

What were they thinking when they signed a 29-year-old Soriano to a seven year deal? Or how about Bradley to a three year deal? It sickens me to see this happen.

The young guys on this team are the guys they need to rebuild around. Maybe they don't mature. I'm willing to take the gamble that they will.

Imagine this starting lineup for 2010. Sam Fuld leading off and playing center field followed by Ryan Theriot at shortstop, Blanco or Scales at second, Jake Fox playing first base, Soto behind the plate, Vitters at third, Brandon Guyer and Tyler Colvin filling out the final two outfield spots. Maybe with Randy Wells as your number one stud guy.

I like that.

Jim Hendry please make happy for once and do something like this. The worst that can happen is they are still a bad team. I'm willing to take the gamble.

Why those young guys you ask?

Josh Vitters hit .316 this year in A ball. Yes it is only A ball but he is 20-years-old. He is a freak.

Brandon Guyer hit .347 with two home runs and 23 stolen bases in A ball this year.

Tyler Colvin is hitting .300 and 14 home runs with AA Tennessee this season. Enough said with him.

The rest of the guys we all know as Cubs fans.

Keep in mind that the team I named is without any other transactions. It would be nice if they went out and got one big name, veteran player to lead this young group. Someone like a MARK DEROSA or a Matt Holiday. Someone who has proven themselves in the MLB and someone who is capable of being a leader for a team of young guys.

Let the fire sale begin.


Jake Karmel