My Chicago Cubs Wish List
This offseason, the Cubs have a lot of problems to take care of. They need a second baseman, an outfielder, some pitching, and some additional hitters.
As I get into the holiday spirit, I thought I might as well create my Cubs wish list for this 2009-2010 offseason.
In this list, I will highlight the players who I hope the Cubs will add and the players I want them to get rid of. Take a look.
NOTE: I name multiple people at the same position. I know that. I'm not saying sign every single person on this list. I'm saying these are the people who I at least want the Cubs to look at.
Removal: Carlos Zambrano
I am sure that I am not the only Cubs fan that is tired of seeing this over-dramatic baby bowing his head on the mound. It is a sad sight to see.
Carlos Zambrano was supposed to be the next 20-game winner. He is the most over-paid, over-appreciated pitcher in Major League Baseball.
He gets paid an absurd amount of money. What does he get paid to do?
Not to hit home runs. I can tell you that much right now.
In 2009, Zambrano was injured and crying quite a bit. His poor 9-7 record showed that. Not only did his record show is lack of production, but so did his 3.77 ERA and one complete game.
Zambrano, it is time to be a big baby somewhere else.
Removal: Milton Bradley
I don't think there was a single player on the 2009 roster that made me angrier.
Milton Bradley was signed to a $10 million waste of a deal. He is being paid $10 million to hit .257 and drive in 40 runs. If I was him, I'd be the happiest man in the world. He is getting paid a ridiculous amount of money to produce nothing! What a life.
I don't think I need to go into why Bradley needs to leave. We all know.
Removal: Alfonso Soriano
In 2009, Soriano played in only 117 games. During those 117 games, Soriano managed to post a pathetic .241 average along with 20 home runs and 55 RBI. Good year for over $100 million if you ask me.
Soriano needs to go for a few reasons. First of all, he can never seem to stay healthy. He does his silly little hop in left field and pulls his hamstring. Or maybe his back is acting up. Soriano, fight through it.
He was supposed to be brought in to be the next big thing in Chicago. Soriano was supposed to go 40/40 every year. He stole nine bases this season. Only 31 away!
Not to mention his poor fielding. In Soriano's seasons in Chicago, he committed 22 errors. Good job.
Soriano needs to go.
Addition: Mark DeRosa
The Cubs blew this deal during the year. When the Indians came to town, DeRosa was on the pregame show and he was talking about how much he loved Chicago and would like to come back if the opportunity arose. It did arise. The Cubs fell flat.
DeRosa is a one of a kind ball player. He plays hard, can play where he's needed, and oh my, he can HIT!
Wouldn't DeRosa have been a nice addition at third base while Ramirez was out.?
Take your pick for a backup third baseman: Mark DeRosa or Mike Fontenot?
Addition: Orlando Hudson
In 149 games last year, the "O-Dog" hit .283 with a .357 OBP. Hudson is a good ball player who could fill a very big hole at second base for the Cubs.
I'm sorry, but Bobby Scales, Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles and who ever else the Cubs decide to throw in there are not the long term answers. The only guy who might do well is Jeff Baker.
Hudson is faster and covers more ground at second than any of the aforementioned ball players.
I think he's is worth a look.
Addition: Carl Crawford
I don't know about any other Cubs fans, but I think Carl Crawford would look awesome in a Cubs uniform.
The 28-year-old left fielder hit an amazing .305 last year, all while hitting 15 home runs and driving in 68 runs and swiping 60 bases.
Wouldn't a guy who could steal 60 bases look good at the top of the Cubs lineup?
The speedy left fielder by trade, I am sure he could be switched over to center. Center field is a huge hole in the Cubs lineup; Crawford could fill it.
I am obviously not the only person in Chicago that realizes Scotty Pods makes a big difference on what ever team he is on. Kenny Williams realizes that if he got the speedy center fielder back last season.
How about the Cubs take a turn with the journeyman?
Last season, Scotty Pods hit .304 with seven home runs and 48 RBI with 30 stolen bases in 132 games. He makes a difference at the top of the lineup.
He would fill the leadoff hitter and center fielder voids. Does Kenny Lofton ring a bell?
With Lofton in 2003, the Cubs offense was unstoppable. They had a catalyst to get things going at the top. Imagine this loaded lineup with a speedy guy like Podsednik in 2010.