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    Cubs offseason 2010 outlook

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    Next up in our Offseason Outlook series, the Cubs. Their likely 2010 commitments:
    C - Geovany Soto - $575K
    C - Koyie Hill - $475K+
    1B - Derrek Lee - $13MM
    2B - Jeff Baker - $415K+
    SS - Ryan Theriot - $500K+
    3B - Aramis Ramirez - $15.75MM
    IF - Aaron Miles - $2.7MM
    IF - Andres Blanco - $400K
    LF - Alfonso Soriano - $18MM
    CF - Kosuke Fukudome - $13MM
    RF - Milton Bradley - $9MM
    OF - Sam Fuld - $402K
    3B/OF - Jake Fox - $402K
    SP - Carlos Zambrano - $17.875MM
    SP - Ryan Dempster - $12.5MM
    SP - Ted Lilly - $12MM
    SP - Randy Wells - $402K
    SP - Tom Gorzelanny - $433K+
    RP - Aaron Heilman - $1.625MM+
    RP - Carlos Marmol - $575K+
    RP - Sean Marshall - $450K+
    RP - Angel Guzman - $422K+
    RP - Esmailin Caridad - $400K
    RP - Jeff Stevens - $400K
    RP - Jeff Samardzija - $2.5MM
    Non-tender candidates: Aaron Heilman, Neal Cotts, Mike Fontenot
    The Cubs have about $124.2MM committed before arbitration raises to Hill, Baker, Theriot, Heilman, Marmol, Marshall, Guzman, and Gorzelanny. Fontenot, at two years and 139 days of service time, is on the bubble for Super Two status (which could influence his 2010 status with the team). Heilman, Cotts, and Fontenot are candidates to be non-tendered. With at least seven arb cases, there is payroll uncertainty, but I'll put the Cubs around $135MM committed. The Cubs entered 2009 with a payroll right around that mark, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts. The Cubs have new ownership for 2010, and their payroll plans are not yet known.
    The Cubs seem dead-set on moving Bradley and finding someone else to play right or center field. A player they loved a year ago, they hate now. Bradley had a slow start and finish, showed little power, and had issues with the fans, media, and manager. Still, he posted a .378 OBP in the off-year and certainly could improve upon that in 2010. My advice: work it out, rather than eating $15MM+ or taking on a different bad contract. Bradley is not the reason the Cubs received over 2,000 plate appearances of subpar hitting from Soriano, Fontenot, Soto, Hill, Hoffpauir, and Miles, nor is he the reason Ramirez was limited to 342 PAs due to a shoulder injury.
    With proper conditioning, Soto should bounce back. Baker can't do worse than the other Cubs' second basemen did in '09. Ramirez's shoulder is worrisome, but the Cubs must hope for good health. Soriano finished the season with knee surgery and will presumably be healthy for Spring Training. His contract is so absurd that the team has no flexibility. In all likelihood the Cubs will replace Bradley, but it is the holdovers who need to improve. It would be a shame to see new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo encourage aggression from the hitters, as it was patience that led to the team's NL-best .354 OBP in 2008.
    The rotation looks strong, with the front four locked in. Gorzelanny, Marshall, or Samardzija will probably fill the fifth starter role.
    As for the bullpen, the Cubs seem willing to spend good money on John Grabow, perhaps not the best idea (5.0 BB/9). Heilman could be non-tendered. Marmol is the de facto closer, despite 65 walks in 74 innings. Adding a Billy Wagner type makes sense, if payroll allows. Guzman is interesting if he can stay healthy, while Caridad is a sleeper.
    The Cubs are a pricey team with room for little more than tinkering. GM Jim Hendry will need to push the right buttons this winter after a 2008-09 offseason filled with miscalculations.



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    Re: Cubs offseason 2010 outlook

    Why Aaron miles????? I say let him go



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    Re: Cubs offseason 2010 outlook

    I think Miles for 2 years was nearly as bad as signing Bradley for 3 years. The Cubs have more productive guys in AAA for a fraction of the cost than Miles right now.


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    Re: Cubs offseason 2010 outlook

    Billy Wagner says he's retiring. I'm willing to go with Marmol and another year of maturity under his belt. It would be tough to upgrade without some major deal.

    Report: Billy Wagner might retire, stop at 385 saves - ESPN Boston



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    Re: Cubs offseason 2010 outlook

    The GM meetings kick off today in Chicago, though free agents are stuck talking only to their current team until November 20th. As a result, the days ahead figure to be filled with plenty of trade talk, and Milton Bradley is certainly one of the higher profile players on the block. It's only natural that his name popped up this morning.
    We heard back in October that "multiple teams are in contact with the Cubs" about Bradley, and now a source tells Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun Times that "at least three more interested parties contacted the Cubs in the last week or so." Wittenmyer also mentions the Cubbies figure to be more involved in trades than free agency this winter.
    ''I think you'll see a lot of that,'' Hendry said. ''At the same time, I think the free-agent world will be a patient market like it ended up being last year, and some good players will probably be available as the winter progresses. We'll be looking to trade some pieces to get some pieces.''
    We've already seen some speculation that the Cubs could bolster their bullpen through trades.



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    Re: Cubs offseason 2010 outlook

    Id like to see how Jeff Baker progresses..Just might be our starting 2nd basemen next year


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