Believe or not the off-season is more than half over….the Boys of Summer report to Spring Training in just over 2 months and the Cubs Convention is 5 weeks away. 2006 is just about over and from a Cubs perspective….not a minute too soon. It is time for the Faithful to move on from last season, file it away with other lost summers at Wrigley and look forward to what the future may hold for the Northsiders.
The Cubs have made several changes to this point of the off-season, most notably their leadership; they have resigned some familiar faces and added a few high priced free agents in attempt to make last summer a distant memory as quickly as possible. But how have they faired to this point….it is time to do a little grading….CCO style. For the most part all is quiet at 1060 West Addison but after an off-season that has seen the Cubs spend in excess of $300 million dollars, make major overhauls to their front office and coaching staff, a lull is to be expected.
So today is “Faithful Feedback Thursday” and it is time to grade Jim Hendry and Company’s off-season at the midway point. How do you think they have done? Do they deserve an “A” or a “B” or an incomplete because there are several deals left they need to make in order for the Cubs to be more competitive in 2007.
This off-season has been like no other in the history of the organization. The Cubs have been major players in the free agent market and by some accounts they have actually helped set the market. The Cubs have forced other teams in the Central to make deals that they might have not done two months ago. While the Central has taken a lot of flack the last couple of years for being one of the weakest divisions in baseball it has produced the last two National League Champions and in the Cardinals case, World Series Champions as well. While the Wild Card winner has had tremendous success in the post-season for the last several years, the best route to the playoffs is still a division crown.
So have fun today, be the CCO’s version of Dayn Perry and grade the Cubs off-season….at the half way point.