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While the Cubs have more money to throw around than the A's, Ricketts said he wants smarter spending of that money by focusing on player development.
If Beane takes the job, he has the responsibility of cutting some of the fat off Chicago's payroll in order to get more efficient free agents while making room for younger talent.
Carlos Zambrano is rumored to possibly go to the Florida Marlins because new manager Ozzie Guillen likes him. Beane should make that happen, which would trim over $18 million in payroll.
The Cubs can also cut ties with Carlos Pena who is a free agent this season, and Aramis Ramirez, who has a $2 million buyout on his contract. The Cubs might also find a suitor for Alfonso Soriano if Beane pays a third to half of the $54 million owed to him the next three years.
Freeing the payroll would give the Cubs flexibility to possibly sign Prince Fielder, Grady Sizemore and Mark Buehrle to begin rebuilding in Chicago.
Beane also had an extremely good farm system in Oakland. With Chicago's new focus on player development, Beane would be the ideal candidate for the job.