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05-29-2007, 02:54 PM
Interesting email from a friend of mine who is a fantical Cubs fan. Shows some of the frustration Cub fans are feeling right now.

Ok, here's my last Cubs/Hendry e-mail for awhile. You can archive
this if you want. We don't know who's going to buy the team. At this point I don't see how it's possible the new owner would keep Hendry around,
even though I believe he'll have 1 year left on his deal. Forgetting that,
this is what I would do to turn this team around (in my dream scenario that
I'm named GM and know I'll be around for 3 years at least):

1. Cut Eyre immediately, eat his salary. You can't trade him now. No
one will claim him for 10 days, then someone will pick him up for league
mimimum. At least you'll avoid paying a part of his salary. Make it
clear we will NEVER EVER AGAIN sign a middle reliever/set-up man for more than 2 yrs or more than $4 million.(in 2007 dollars)

2. Unload J. Jones at all costs. Someone will take him if the price
is right. We don't want an Izturis type in return, just want a low level
minor leaguer (non prospect) and the team to eat part of Jones salary-
probably around half. Cubs still owe him around $8-9 million over
this year and next. Be happy to get half that off the books

3. Once Jones is dealt, bring up Pie. Tell Piniella (his job is safe
BTW) you want Pie and Pagan to platoon. Pie against righties, Pagan
against lefties Basically want Pie to get 2/3 the ABs at least
4. Move Soriano to RF, tell him this is his last move and he's your RF
for the remainder of his contract. Murton and Floyd are not RFs. They
don't have the arm, nor the speed.

5. Make Murton the everyday LF for the forseeable future. Should hit
.290 with 15 HRs and good ABs, plus you're paying him little. Tell Floyd
sorry but his signing was a mistake (for Cubs) and thay you'll try to get
him as many ABs as possible (not near as many as he was promised) and try to
move him at the deadline if possible if he desires.

6. Make Theriot everyday 2B, and for forseeable future. Another solid player you don't have to pay very much. Tell DeRosa same thing as Floyd, that his signing was mistake for Cubs. No clue how to unload him, but we'll try.Most likely he's going to have to be a VERY EXPENSIVE bench player.

7. For now Izturdis will be everyday SS. Obviously this will be
priority #1 in the offseason.

8. DO NOT resign Zambrano. Let him play out this year and most likely
let him walk after the year is over. For now tell him we'll talk at the
end of the season

9. Go with Piniella's plan to develop a closer and set-up man from
within and not have to resort to overpaying for veterans. Closer should
either throw very hard (95 mph +) or have a trick pitch. Groom Marmol and
Guzman for these roles. Also, expand Wuetz's role. For now Dempster is
adequate as closer

10. More emphasis on scouting. Embarrassing that the last everyday
player to come out of the farm system and have a good career for Cubs was
Mark Grace!!! Spend higher draft picks on everyday players (in general)
not pitching. Too many young pitchers break down. Cubs strategy of
drafting pitching high clearly has not worked. Bring in proven scouts that
have good track record from other teams as obviously most Cubs' scouts
aren't finding much talent out there. That or the GMs haven't been listening to them. Bring in Steve Lemke from Yankees, with hefty pay raise.

In summation, if the team is spending in the top 10 in baseball it
should be one of the top 10 teams. We should NEVER have to resort to
overspending on FAs in the off-season like the Cubs did in 2007. Overall goal is
to develop a few good everyday players and relievers every few years from
the minors. Any starting pitchers you can develop (Rich Hill/Zambrano)
are bonuses. In general build the pitching staff through trades and FA signings. The team is not that far off with the correct tweaking.
That's it
Herman Franks

05-29-2007, 03:14 PM
I agree with almost all of it except for 8.

05-29-2007, 03:15 PM
That's a lota reading there, son.

The resident Cub fan in my office came up to me this morning and said "you and I have two words: 'go Bears!'"

05-29-2007, 03:15 PM
I agree with almost all of it except for 8.

I second it.

05-29-2007, 03:16 PM
Letting him walk is stupid.

Either resign him or trade him. Letting him walk is essentially screwing up the potential for you guys to grab 3-4 decent minor league players.

05-29-2007, 03:46 PM
Letting him walk is stupid.

Either resign him or trade him. Letting him walk is essentially screwing up the potential for you guys to grab 3-4 decent minor league players. I agree.

05-29-2007, 03:52 PM
I agree with almost all of it except for 8.
yeah, it makes more sense to dump him to a contender desperate for a pitcher.

05-29-2007, 08:16 PM
I kind of buried the hatchet with our resident frat boy Cubbie fan. He is resigned to the fact that it looks to be a long year on both sides of town, and I couldn't argue with that.

No more attendance cracks coming from him. Of course, all bets are off if the Cubs manage to win the Comedy Central by winning 82 games or something like that. Then, I'm sure they will be a 'team for the ages' again.

The way it's going, they could finish sub-.500 and still win the division. Scary thought, that.

05-30-2007, 08:29 AM
I agree with almost all of it except for 8.

I asked him about that and he is saying at this moment do not give him the big contract. He is worried about the velocity on his fastball and thinks he might have a tired arm or some sort of injury