Open Mic: Chicago Cubs GM For a Day

Joe WillettSenior Writer IJune 25, 2008

As I read this week's Open Mic topic, I couldn't think of a team that I would rather GM for than the Chicago Cubs.

You see, no matter how bad of a GM you are, you are still going to get butts in the seats night in and night out, so you don't have to worry about getting a fancy little paycheck because, well, they can afford it.

Also, you have very few decisions to make.  For this year's Chicago Cubs, I have just two moves that I would like to make at the beginning of the season.

The first move that I would have liked to make would have been trading for Brian Roberts of the Baltimore Orioles.

I think Mark DeRosa, Daryle Ward, and a package of minor leaguers would have made the deal enticing enough.

With Roberts, you have a solid lead-off hitter, Fukudome can go second, and then the power portion with Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano.

The extra leadership from Roberts would have been huge while Soriano was out, and he would be able to add more speed to a lineup that doesn't have a guy with blazing speed.

The second move that I would make would be to trade for C.C. Sabathia.

The Cubs are stuck at pitching.  Ryan Dempster is having a career year, but he hasn't been a great pitcher in the past and I don't know if we can count on him to be continually reliable.

Ted Lilly started strong, but he always starts strong and fades right around this time of year.

With Sabathia, the Cubs have a deadly one-two punch, and if Dempster does in fact stay lights-out, then they have probably the best three-deep pitching staff in baseball.

The pitching staff would then be set, as would the offense that is one of the best in the majors.

Also, the Cubs would be more likely to win more games on the road because although Sabathia is only one-four on the road, his ERA is only 3.43 on the road compared to 4.43 at home.

The extra runs that Sabathia would get the Cubs dynamite line-up would drive up his win total to about 15 on the year.

The Cubs are close to a World Series team this year, and if they can make the move for Sabathia, they will be the team to beat.

The Roberts move, on the other hand, is now a non-issue as he will likely not be a Cub any time soon.

I'm Joe W.

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