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09-29-2001, 08:47 PM
In it he talks about what some teams need to look at in the offseason here is his take on Cubs.

Chicago Cubs
Guaranteed commitments: 11 players, $41.8 million
Key options: Fred McGriff, $6.75 million salary/$500,000 option; Kevin Tapani $6M/$500,000
Free agents: Rondell White, Ron Coomer, Delino DeShields, Matt Stairs, Todd Van Poppell, David Weathers, Eric Young
Key arbitration figure: Kerry Wood ($3M-plus)

Because the Cubs got to 18 games above .500 when closer Tom Gordon began being bothered by tendinitis, the finish is a disappointment. But remember, this was a team that hadn't won more than 67 games in either of the previous two seasons, and as GM Andy MacPhail looks forward he's got the framework for a very good team in a very strong division.

MacPhail has to make a decision on whether or not to bring back White; as Rondell is heading to a leg specialist this winter and MacPhail believes that with White and McGriff around Sammy Sosa, the offense is at least adequate. Three of their key prospects -- first baseman Hee Seop Choi, second baseman Bobby Hill and third baseman David Kelton -- were slowed by injuries, so how they perform in the Arizona Fall League will determine a lot of the decisions they need to make. Jon Leiber, Kerry Wood and Juan Cruz are a wonderful foundation for a long time to come, and while MacPhail wants a left-hander, other kids like Carlos Zambrano, Will Ohman, Scott Chiasson and Courtney Duncan add some depth to the pitching staff.

MacPhail is not worried at all about Corey Patterson. "It isn't a matter of if, it's when," says MacPhail of Patterson. MacPhail, in fact, is trying not to rush right-handed pitcher Mark Prior, the Cubs' first-round pick (second-overall selection) this past June by letting him return to classes at USC this fall. This is a franchise that is building a very solid foundation.

09-30-2001, 01:36 AM
Tapani can leave after his next start, and he can take Coomer, EO, and Stairs with him. I hope MacPhail doesn't let Wood go to arbitration, the guy's an ace and should be paid what he's worth. RonDL...I dunno no; I'd keep him unless they go after Damon. McGriff looks like he'll stay, and that's fine after Choi's injury-marred season.

I'm not sure what the hell Gammons' last paragraph means. Makes the one statment concerning Patterson, and I think the ritalin wore off after that.

09-30-2001, 01:40 AM
I'm not sure what the hell Gammons' last paragraph means. Who the hell ever knows what Gammons means other than "Go Boston" and "Pedro is God". :)

09-30-2001, 08:43 AM
More interesting in that column was:

Mo Vaughn made a visit to Fenway this week to bid farewell to Cal Ripken, and not only indicated that if management changes, he'd love to come home, and perhaps could rework things to make it happen. You can't imagine how many times this season a Red Sox player said, "this (---) wouldn't be happening if Mo were still around."

The sentiment around here since he left has been "Mo's a bum, good riddance," a feeling I have never shared. Mo got shafted here by Duquette, it was obvious how he gave him the Krause treatment. Now people are starting to see how much of a snake the Duke is and when he goes, whoever the new owner is might strongly want Vaughn back.