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Old Jan 1st 2009, 11:39 am
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I dont care who they trade

Personally, I may be on my own here, but maybe some will agree with me.

Sure, like everyone, I have my favorite players, and i am sad to see DeRosa go. But honestly, if trading him gets us a World Series, then by all means, I will drive him to the airport myself. While I loved DeRosa, and others on the club, I root for the laundry more so then the players. I wish him well with his new team (whom we will see this summer in Wrigley) but I will root for and cheer just as hard for Aaron Miles now that he is a Cub.

Trade anyone and everyone you have to in order to win a World Series.
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Old Jan 1st 2009, 11:57 am
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I see where you are coming from, Ben, I just don't see how this team will be any better WITHOUT DeRosa. I'm not saying DeRo himself was the key to getting there, but he sure had a major part of the 97 wins in more than one way. The whole offseason so far, I don't see the team getting any better. It's still early, but right now there is way to many question marks (and that is even assuming we get Bradley). I am just having a hard time looking forward to Opening Day right now (and not just because of the DeRosa trade).
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Old Jan 1st 2009, 12:08 pm
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Im baffled by some of the moves, but I trust Hendry. There is something up. Miles is just like DeRo with less power

There is something going on, Hendry has an Ace up his sleeve
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I hope you are right or I have a feeling Hendry will be eaten alive by Cub fans at the convention! There has been talk on the radio that this year's convention could be a little more interesting than in the past as fans are still very bitter about another October collapse, and the Convention is a very key place where fans really make their feelings be known.
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I will do my best to represt the board well. speaking of which..... that gives me an idea.
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I agree- I wanted to trade Sosa after 1998 and I was kicked off another board for suggesting it because they thought I was a troll. I knew we needed a change from the Sammy show if we intended to be a legit team not a HR side show attraction. I would trade any player that makes the team better. That includes everyone on this current team. I like certain guys on the team but this is a business and winning the world series is the goal. I just hope the new ownership group is here to win and not put up a new sideshow tent.
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I'm still of the opinion that we have to wait for the entire offseason to be over before we can judge what Jimbo is doing.

I don't like his moves so far, but people need to consider the backloaded contracts given to Z,Aram,Lilly,Marquis,Soriano,Fukudome, etc that are beginning to kick-in and are increasing payroll without adding any new players. I don't know the exact numbers from MLB.com, but I'm pretty sure there is $10-15 million in payraises, if not more, from players right there.

Whether you like the moves or not, Jim has freed up/will free up probably $15-20 Million dollars. People weren't complaining about the backloaded contracts when they were signed, and I don't think people should complain when Hendry has to make tough choices to be able to balance the payroll to the numbers given to him by higher ups.

And the fact is that somebody like DeRosa coming off a career year with 1-yr left is alot easier to move than someone like Fukudome. Look how long it has taken Hendry to find a suitor for Marquis, who still only has 1-yr left as well. Trying to trade someone like Fukudome would turn into a Sosa-like affair, where Hendry would have been tied up trying to move this single player rather than focusing his efforts on other parts of the team, and would end up taking a huge hit when the Cubs would have had to send a bunch of cash with the deal as well.

Moving DeRosa, Letting Wood go; I don't like these moves when judged in a vacuum, but I'm willing to see how the rest of the offseason goes; and I think fans would serves themselves well to see how the rest of the offseason goes, seeing as the Hendry/Lou relationship has done pretty well the last two years. I think we can all begin to understand why the Cubs were such a failure during the last half of Dusty's reign.
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The fact is we would have gotten better without making a single move. All of the other teams in our division has declined in ability.
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The fact is we would have gotten better without making a single move. All of the other teams in our division has declined in ability.
I thought about that too. Thankfully the Brewers have no money, and the Astros have the money and prospects but are run by monkeys or something, and the Reds have Dusty Baker.
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The fact is we would have gotten better without making a single move. All of the other teams in our division has declined in ability.
That's true for our division. But in the entire NL, the Phillies were already better then us. The Mets have moved ahead of us with the off-season moves they have made. And the Dodgers are Manny away from being ahead of us.
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