Patience Is the Key, Chicago: Even Epstein Is Going to Need Some Time

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 11:  Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox, answers questions about Carl Crawford during a press conference on December 11,  2010 at the Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The North Side is rejoicing right now as Theo Epstein, the man who reversed the Bambino curse, has taken on the heftiest challenge in all of sports: getting the Chicago Cubs to a World Series title.

But he's a great general manager, not a miracle worker. With names like Zambrano and Soriano still plaguing this squad, even Epstein may have trouble succeeding initially.

With Zambrano going on another tirade, the pitching rotation for the Cubs is in shambles.

Matt Garza was decent, but inconsistent and not worth trading the entire farm system for. Ryan Dempster seemed pathetic at times during this long, long season. Andrew Cashner only had one start and six other appearances, but looked good in doing so. Randy Wells was a third of an inning from posting an ERA of five. Behind them, it was a lot of mixing, matching and filling spots due to injuries and Zambaby.

How about that stellar batting lineup, though? Aramis Ramirez says there is a strong chance he has a new home next year, which is the right decision by both parties. To pay him for this good season would be a mistake. Only once in his career has he batted .300 or better in consecutive seasons (2004 and 2005).

To give a 33-year-old man a long-term contract who isn't named Albert Pujols or in the same class as the rival slugger, is silly to say the least. Ramirez isn't going up, at least consistently. Let him walk away and have an opportunity to play for a contender; he deserves it.

The only star has it in his name. 'Star'lin Castro is the first priority for the Cubs right now. Get that hitter signed, because his potential is amazing. Comparing him to someone like Derek Jeter is very premature, but also possibly fair. Castro could very well, not including possible injuries, get to 3,000 hits by the end of his career, especially at this pace. Castro is only 21 and needs to be locked up with a long-term deal.

But outside of that, Epstein isn't working with much. Give him time, Chicago. We've waited 103 years, why not wait a few more?