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    Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    The idea that the Cubs need to counter the Cardinals' acquisition of Mark DeRosa is preposterous.

    The Cubs' $134.8 million payroll on Opening Day was the third highest in the majors. They should not need any help, other than the return of injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez. And frankly, it's pathetic that such a talented club would miss Ramirez this badly.
    Oh, the Cubs could use another bullpen piece, just like most contenders. But, give or take a DeRosa here, a Kerry Wood there, this group is not much different from the one that won the NL Central the past two seasons.
    Enough excuses already. Enough drama.
    Win some games.
    The Mets, when healthy, often are criticized for lacking passion. The Cubs have the opposite problem. They appear in need of a group tranquilizer. They are wound so tightly, they often produce a meltdown a day.
    Winning would put an end to many of their peripheral issues, though right fielder Milton Bradley and right-hander Carlos Zambrano are volatile even in good times. The Cubs should win, too, given the quality of their starting pitching. But right now they're 36-37, raising a series of troubling questions.
    About Piniella's ability to get the most out of this group, and more pointedly, about the underachieving offense that general manager Jim Hendry assembled, from Bradley to second baseman Mike Fontenot to that enduring bust, left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
    Hendry could have signed Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn or Bobby Abreu in free agency, but preferred Bradley, viewing him as more of a pure right fielder and the type of fiery competitor the Cubs seemed to lack.
    DeRosa, a right-handed hitter, was sacrificed to create payroll flexibility and more balance in the lineup. Could the plan have turned out any worse? The Cubs are 12th in the NL in runs per game after leading the league last season.
    Bradley, a switch-hitter, is batting .194 against right-handers. The injured Aaron Miles, another switch-hitting addition, is batting .188 against them; Fontenot, a left-handed hitter, .236. If not for Kosuke Fukudome, the Cubs would be a complete wreck from the left side. And Fukudome is hitting .177 in June.
    The bullpen is almost as big a concern as the offense. Newcomer Kevin Gregg is a second-tier closer and setup man Carlos Marmol has regressed, preventing the Cubs from reversing their roles and leaving the 'pen wobbly. Marmol allows too many walks, Gregg allows too many homers and the Cubs rank 11th in the NL in bullpen ERA.
    Still, it's not even July. The Cubs could not have played any worse, yet they're only 3-1/2 games out of first place. They do not need to counter the Cardinals' acquisition of DeRosa. They need to get over DeRosa, get over their poor start, get over themselves

    Interesting take on it



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Excellent piece. He hit that one out of the park. Right on with every comment!



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    I think it's spot on. "wound so tightly" is about as accurate as it gets.

    Bradley and now Soriano in particular. Watching those two at the plate, you can almost see the tension on their faces to snap their respective slumps.

    All the same - I have a hard time believing that a team-wide lack of production like the Cubs have had will last the entire season. Perhaps getting Aramis back in the lineup will infuse some fresh life into the bats.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    I just like his "no excuses" attitude. Just go out and win!



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Great article.

    They really aren't that far out the hunt. Those hitters just need to get going.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Entertaining article. Hopefully Aramis comes out of the gates hot or it's going to get even uglier.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    I said then, and I still say it... Adam Dunn was the PERFECT fit for us in Right Field.... instead we go with Milton...

    I'm not BUMMED with Milton Bradley, but I agree witht the author. Fact of the matter is the cubs need to go out and win. No more excuses... just win.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    Entertaining article. Hopefully Aramis comes out of the gates hot or it's going to get even uglier.
    The thing is they have the tools to win without him. Everybody other than Derrick Lee is hitting way under their normal averages.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    I chuckle a little that many of you think that 1 guy coming back is going to be the sole difference maker.

    Aramis' WARP is about 5. WARP looks at players paid the minimum salary, it's basically assuming the replacement player really blows. Fontenot is pretty close to that. We're about halfway through the season. You couldn't really argue that Aramis would contribute to more than 2 wins, especially since he's played in 18 games.

    If you give the Cubs 2 wins and take away 2 losses, they are in 2nd place. There's a lot more the Cubs need to fix, and 1 guy isn't going to single handedly solve all the of problems the Cubs are having... Due to the NL Central, however, the Cubs will be in it all year and still could win the division as they're only a few games out... If this team wants to go far, however, there are a lot of areas to be addressed, like it or not.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by mplscyclone View Post
    If you give the Cubs 2 wins and take away 2 losses, they are in 2nd place. There's a lot more the Cubs need to fix, and 1 guy isn't going to single handedly solve all the of problems the Cubs are having... Due to the NL Central, however, the Cubs will be in it all year and still could win the division as they're only a few games out... If this team wants to go far, however, there are a lot of areas to be addressed, like it or not.
    Like what?

    Aramis was batting .364 with 4 homers and 16 RBIs after 18 games. Adding a .300 hitter with the offense struggling would have won them several more games. Him returning would be HUGE for this team...more than trading for DeRosa or any similar caliber player.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by mplscyclone View Post

    If you give the Cubs 2 wins and take away 2 losses, they are in 2nd place. There's a lot more the Cubs need to fix, and 1 guy isn't going to single handedly solve all the of problems the Cubs are having... Due to the NL Central, however, the Cubs will be in it all year and still could win the division as they're only a few games out... If this team wants to go far, however, there are a lot of areas to be addressed, like it or not.
    I don't agree with that. They have the tools in place to go post season. They just need to start performing.

    The Phillies were in a similar situation about a year ago at this time. They got hot at the right time....



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    The problem I see with the article is that it's overstating the obvious...on paper, this team wins the central. However, clearly it's not that easy.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I don't agree with that. They have the tools in place to go post season. They just need to start performing.

    The Phillies were in a similar situation about a year ago at this time. They got hot at the right time....
    I think they definitely have the tools to get to the post season with or without Ramirez (in the NL Central anyhow), no one is too afraid of facing them in a five game series with their current staff though.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    I disagree. Cubs need a second baseman and bullpen help.



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    Re: Rosenthal says no trades needed for Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by DJK15 View Post
    I disagree. Cubs need a second baseman and bullpen help.
    Or, imo, move Theriot to 2nd and find a SS...from what I've seen it may be better suited there.



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