How I Would Fix the Chicago Cubs

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IAugust 31, 2009

How I Would Fix the Chicago Cubs

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    MILWAUKEE - APRIL 10: Derrek Lee #25 of the Chicago Cubs keeps an eye on the pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game on April 10, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fire Jim Hendry

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 17: General Manager Jim Hendry of the Chicago Cubs talks before an interleague game against the Chicago White Sox on June 17, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hire Tab Bamford as General Manager

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Let the dead weight walk away

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22:  Aaron Heilman #47 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sign John Lackey, not Rich Harden

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 24:  John Lackey #41 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tips his cap to the crowd after being relieved in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins on July 24, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/

Put Ted Lilly on the trade market

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22:  Ted Lilly #30 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Trade Derrek Lee

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18:  Derrek Lee #25 of the Chicago Cubs rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the game on June 18, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Make the White Sox an offer for Bobby Jenks

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 17: Bobby Jenks #45 of the Chicago White Sox pitches in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs on his way to a save on June 17, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Cubs 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Ge

If you're stuck with Milton Bradley, use him correctly

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 18:  Milton Bradley #21 of the Chicago Cubs runs to first against the Chicago White Sox during the game on June 18, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bring in a veteran fourth starter, keep Tom Gorzelanny

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    DENVER - APRIL 11:  Starting pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Meyers earned the win as the Phillies defeated the Rockies 8-4.

So where does that leave the Cubs?

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella signals for a pitching change during the game against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field on August 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)