The Chicago Cubs are worse than I thought. I know, I know. I’m an optimistic Cubs fan- I get it. But seriously, I thought the Cubs could win 75 games this year. Oops. In the midst of an 8 game losing streak, not only are they losing, they’re being embarrassed by teams that frankly aren’t good themselves. I’m sorry Houston Astros, but you aren’t any good. The Chicago White Sox? Come on. Average AL team.
So what are they going to do? What is going to change this team for the better this year? The answer is- I think things will get worse. The Chicago Cubs are the worst team in all of baseball, again, and the best thing they can do is get rid of all the dead weight, add talent through trades, and bring up the kids to see what’s there.
Look- any Cubs fan that thought Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were going to save this train wreck in a year were highly delusional and I would argue completely idiotic. This team was never going to be good. Never going to be decent, and that’s okay. The Cubs ARE going to spend money, but they need to rid the team of dead weight before they can do that. Building from the ground up, is key, and that’s the way the Cubs have to continue to do things. Is it painful? Yes. Does it suck? Yes. But anyone that understands the game of baseball understands what it takes to build a year in-year out juggernaut.
I expect the Cubs to be fully competitive for good by 2014. If some of the kids now pan out the way they should, adding key free agents is going to be huge over the next few offseasons. If the Cubs can trade Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Alfonso Soriano, Bryan LaHair, Carlos Marmol, and Geovany Soto for young talent- the Cubs will be better off.
This is a process, and going to be a process. Rome wasn’t built in a night, and neither will the Cubs.