Pessimism Cat: The Cubs 2011 Offseason, Holistically
George Sr., having never heard his charges listed consecutively in one sitting, panicked and ran with great intensity.Today, MLBTR released their "Offseason in Review" for the Chicago Cubs. The opening lines of the summary rightly reflect the ADD approach the Cubs have used lately (much to the frustration of Will and myself):
-Arrested Development, "Beef Consomme"
The mandate for Cubs GM Jim Hendry this winter: turn a bloated fifth-place team into a contender for 2011 despite limited payroll flexibility. The Cubs were in sell mode last summer, but Hendry switched back to a win-now approach this offseason...By our estimation, Hendry has done a great job of bringing a 5th place team into contention for 4th place. Getting Matt Garza, Carlos Pena, and Kerry Wood were dandy moves, but Garza and Pena are replacing decent players (Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee) and Wood has been an average reliever over the past two seasons.
The net result is not 1st place -- not even 2nd place.
The Cubs could very well get lucky and -- who knows -- Fernando Perez will steal 60 bases and force the Cubs to trade Marlon Byrd so Perez can get playing time, Carlos Zambrano will finish in contention for the Cy Young award, and no one will put the shift on Carlos Pena.
Now, I'm not against an Albert Pujols signing, but I also do not think the slugging first baseman would nearly solve our multifaceted mediocrity. If the Cubs are going to be contenders, it is going to necessitate a cohesive, long-term strategy, not a yearly shifting of gears.
But I don't see it happening.