Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has established a reputation over the years for giving players expensive contracts, hoping the players return on the investments. Oftentimes, these players have been known as busts.
Some of the players Hendry has signed have produced, to an extent, but they are not worth the money that he awarded them.
The Cubs' current roster is loaded with players whose contracts expire at the end of 2011, so the organization is going to have to make various decisions throughout the offseason as to who it should or should not attempt to retain.
The Cubs' 103-year World Series drought is the worst among all professional sports organizations, and the club's chances of winning have not gotten any better over the last few years. They're not going to be able to make one big signing, such as Prince Fielder, in order to turn this team into a World Series contender.
The front office is going to have money to spend, but it's going to have to have patience and not force any signings in hopes of being able to immediately turn this ballclub around. Remember, there are areas of concern all over this roster.
There are a few players on the current roster that are currently overpaid, but for the right price, it would be nice seeing them in Cubby Blue next year. Here's a list of current Cubs that should be re-signed at year's end for a cheaper price.