Sometimes kids wish for unreasonable and far-fetched things, and sometimes adults do the same. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at Katie’sWishlist for the Cubs’ Front Office:
- David Wright – We are in need of a guy to man the hot corner. It would be nice to have Wright at third for obvious reasons, not to mention that he’s a pretty good ballplayer as well. While last season wasn’t his best, his career BA and OBP are decent, and his numbers from ’07-’09 are fantastic. He could bounce back.
- Curtis Granderson – When I see this name, three words pop up in my mind: speed, surprising power, and humility. Granderson had a phenomenal 2011 with 41 home runs and 119 RBIs. His BA was a mere .262, but if he could continue to put up numbers anywhere near his HR and RBI stats, I’d be glad to have him. What’s better than an Anderson? A Granderson.
- Matt Kemp – A .324 batting average, 39 home runs, 126 RBIs, a .399 on base percentage, and no PEDs? Sign him up! Having Matt on the team would appeal to a few audiences: the men who are all about statistics and the ladies who are dragged to games by their significant others. It would be a win-win for everyone. Not to mention, he’s also a pretty good ball player.
- Justin Upton – Prince Fielder passed up adding this guy to his team for the Home Run Derby this summer, and the fans in Arizona were not very happy about it. It’s easy to see why they would be upset: this past season the younger Upton hit .289 with 31 HRs, 88 ribbies, and had a .369 OBP. Despite the fact that B.J. personally tossed me a game ball in Tampa, having Justin on the team would be more beneficial because of his age.
- Justin Verlander – AL Cy Young. AL MVP. Need I say more? This man should be at the top of the list of every team (except Philadelphia). He has 1,215 career strikeouts, and he’s been in the league for 6 years. If he can avoid injuries, he will be good for a long time. He may even be able to put up Randy Johnson-esque numbers. If he and Garza were the only good pitchers on our team, I would be a happy Cubs fan. Theo… errrr, Santa, take note.
- Matt Garza – Rumors have been circulating that Garza may be on the auction block; that would be a dagger to the heart. Garza was our only consistent pitcher; the only thing he lacked was run support. The Lord knows our biggest weakness is our pitching department, and saying adios to Garza would be completely self-defeating. Unless, of course, we could manage to get another a decent pitcher in place of him, but that is unlikely. So, it would seem logical to keep him, no?
- A winning season – Most of the requests on this list may seem a bit far-reaching, so here is one semi-feasible request: a record above .500. Even if it is only one game above .500, it would be OK. Just as long as our players play to their best potential and our coaches make wise coaching decisions, it should be doable.
Disclaimer: this is a wishlist. There is little hope that the wishes will come true. But it was worth a shot.