Off-Season already? We’re not even into the post season yet. I understand, but I thought it would be fun to see how the team shapes up for next year, before the off-season begins. Last season we went out so quickly that most fans, myself included, mourned a few days and didn’t care to read about the Cubs, let alone the off-season. I thought I would get a jump on that and show you what this team will look like assuming no one that is eligible for free agency returns.
C – Bloodline release Geovany Soto / Koyie Hill
1b – Derrek Lee / Micah Hoffpauir
2b – Mark DeRosa / Mike Fontenot
SS – Ryan Theriot / Ronny Cedeno
3B – Aramis Ramirez
– Alfonso Soriano
CF – Felix Pie / Sam Fuld
RF – Kosuke Fukudome
SP – Carlos Zambrano
SP – Ted Lilly
SP – Jason Marquis
SP – Sean Marshall
SP – ? (Potential options are Rich Hill, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Hart, Chad Gaudin)
MR – Angel Guzman
MR – Michael Wuertz
– Neal Cotts
MR – ? (Potentials – Billy Petrick, Jose Ascanio, Jose Ceda, Randy Wells)
MR – ?
CL – Carlos Marmol
Obviously, I don’t truly believe that the Cubs will bring back no one and go with in house options, but it’s important to take a look at what we have in house before going out into the market to fill the needs. Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at the free agents and give my take on which should be brought back and which should be let go. Until then, bask in the wonderful team that could be yours.