Monday Morning General Manager

There are 11 days remaining before the non-waiver trade deadline and it’s that time again at the CCO. Grab your GM hat, as always make sure it still fits and let’s play, ‘If You Were the Cubs GM…version 20.09‘.

You may or may not know the drill by now. The CCO’s long-running debate topic made its debut in 2005, then again in 2006. And to prove we could dust off a reader favorite we trotted it out twice in 2007 and once again in 2008. So as the trading deadline nears …

What would you do to improve the team if you were the general manager of the Chicago National League Ball Club Inc.? But like always, it is not as easy as it sounds … there is a twist.

Not only do you have to act like a GM, you have to think like one as well. For instance you cannot trade a handful of mid-level prospects to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay, because in the ‘real world‘ that trade would never happen. Also, any trade involving Aaron Miles would have to have some compensation (money) going in the deal because the Cubs current GM was just too generous when he inked the utility infielder last December.

Trades have to benefit both sides, and not just your beloved Chicago Cubs. You must keep in mind no trade clauses and the other team’s salary limitations. Deals have become more and more difficult to make in the big leagues for several reasons … but the biggest obstacle is the other team’s GM over values their player (see Andy MacPhail).

Not only must you look at improving this year’s team for the stretch run but you also must keep an eye on the future and not trade away talent that you could need in 2011. Remember you are a GM of a professional baseball organization, not a manager of a Fantasy League Team.

The most difficult part could be making the players’ current salary fit under the Cubs’ current salary restrictions. From all indications the Cubs will not be able to add much to their payroll until after the Ricketts Family takes over.

So be creative. If you need to involve another team, do so. But explain your position and why you think your trade would benefit the Cubs. Some mainstream writers do not feel mid-season deals help get teams to the final series of the year, but some can.

Most importantly, as always, have fun. Isn’t that what baseball is supposed to be in the first place?

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And remember, Stay Classy Cubs Fans.

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver