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Epstein To the Cubs?? Cubs fans have hope

This is the man  many want to see including myself running the day-to-day operations of the Cubs, not only does it give us hope that the 104 year curse can come to an end in the near future, but he might be able to build a dynasty here in Chicago.  Look at what he did with the Red Sox, they weren’t winning anytime soon before Epstein took over as General Manager.  He brought in all the key pieces of the 2004 World Series Champions, Keith Foulke, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez, Dave Roberts, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Mark Bellhorn, Bill Mueller (two former Cubs before joining the Red Sox), Johnny Damon, and Kevin Millar.  Not only was that team good, that team had character and chemistry.  Being down 3 games to none to the ever hated Yankees, they made the miraculous comeback we all know about, then the rest was history.

I don’t see how that can’t happen here in Chicago with some of the pieces we already have here, don’t get me wrong we have a long way to go to get into contention but it can be done with the right moves.  The one key part I love about the Cubs moving forward are the prospects and the young kids we have in the system, and already on the ball club.  Starlin Castro is an absolute monster, and will become a household name around the MLB in no time, has to work on his defense but that’s the least of my worries.  We need to resign Aramis after that season he had this year, producing like he did 3 or 4 years ago.  We have Bryan Lahair who had an extraordinary year in Triple A for the Iowa Cubs, and was hitting .300 at the end of September with the Cubs.  Either give him a shot in Right field or if we don’t sign a big named first baseman, stick him there.  I love Tony Campana, I wish he was more able to swing the bat, his speed is ridiculous, and haven’t seen anything like it on the cubs since Kenny Lofton in 2003.  Campana or Lahair starting in Left Field next year could happen if Soriano’s contract is eaten up but I don’t see that happening. Then there’s Brett Jackson, he is supposed to be the next big thing in Center Field for us, and would love to see him up sooner rather than later.  Supposed to develop all 5 tools, and has a chance of being a good major league player.

As for the pitching rotation we are a mess, Matt Garza is the no doubt number 1 pitcher of this staff, I knew he was going to be after we gave up 3 key prospects for him to the Rays.  Then after that is a mess, with Randy Wells who I still have faith in becoming a solid number 3 guy, Ryan Dempster who is a free agent, Don’t know if he’ll be back, Andrew Cashner will most likely be back in the roation if there are no set backs with his injury, and I hate to say it but right now it looks like Samardizja will have another shot at getting in the rotation.  The bullpen is not as worrying to me as many people think that it’s so bad, we have a young Chris Carpenter who throws extremely hard, the experience in the majors this year will help him in the long run, Sean Marshall of course was our best pitcher in the bullpen as expected, Carlos Marmol hopefully can get back on track next year after this horrible year, and Kerry Wood might or might not be back depending on the new management.

After looking through the whole club Pitching is my biggest concern and I think that has to be addressed first before you look at position players.  The potential free agents I would love them see go after is C.J. Wilson, who is a phenomenal Lefty for the Texas Rangers, Edwin Jackson wouldn’t be a bad add not costing too much money, I don’t think CC Sabathia would come here so I’ll dream about that one, and Javier Vazquez is out there also. I would love to see them go after Johnny Damon who can still hit for power and average, doesn’t have the speed that he used to, but would be a great clubhouse guy.   Now for the Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols discussions, I don’t think we should even worry about Pujols, he will be on the decline of his career in no time, and why would we over pay a guy who has the phenomenal numbers over his career, that won’t put up those same numbers when he’s 38.  Fielder is the right choice out of those two, he is young still in his upper twenties, he is sub par at defense which still I am not worried about, he is the Left handed power bat the Cubs have been looking for the last 5 years, pay that man his money and have a deadly top of the order lineup is what we’ll get here in Chicago.

So if the Cubs are smart we will bring along Epstein, Fire Quade, bring in a new manager, and let the free agent frenzy begin here in the Windy City.

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