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You Own the Cubs: Now What?

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There’s not a ton of Cubs-related news at the moment, so let’s play a game.

Scenario: Imagine you are suddenly the new Cubs owner/president/general manager/demigod.

Rules:
1) You must start from the current real-world scenario facing the Cubs. Roster, finances, farm system, draft position, etc.. The Cubs can’t suddenly have a $200 million payroll out of the blue (although you can create a plan to help make this happen).

2) You can’t go “back in time” and sign FAs that have already been signed or makes trades for players who have already been traded this season. You must start from today and move forward.

Now, go forth and get us a championship. You are free to approach this however you’d like, although here are some issues that I urge you to consider.

1) What would you do in the very near term regarding the major league roster? What’s the lineup and starting rotation? Who is in the bullpen and on the bench? Who gets sent back down to the minors?

2) Prospects! When do you call up or promote minor leaguers? Where do they fit in to the major league lineup once they’re there?

3) What trades would you pursue – this offseason, during the season, and next offseason?

4) What would be your overall long-term strategy? What would you do differently than the current FO?

5) How would you handle the financial situation? Think about rooftops, Wrigley renovation, radio and TV deals, etc..

6) How long would you keep Clark?

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  • PLCB3

    Rooftops: Let them sue, and make plans to move to Rosemont at the same time. That’s sure to force their hand.

  • AC0000000

    Rooftops: Let them sue, and make plans to move to Rosemont at the same time. That’s sure to force their hand.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Smarj make him an ultimatum. Prove you are a number 1 or 2 pitcher and we will pay you what you want, otherwise we will trade you by July 31st. That is the biggest decision to make this season, other than who to draft. They will need to get an ace for the rotation, but who to trade is tricky, but they do have the pieces.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Smarj make him an ultimatum. Prove you are a number 1 or 2 pitcher and we will pay you what you want, otherwise we will trade you by July 31st. That is the biggest decision to make this season, other than who to draft. They will need to get an ace for the rotation, but who to trade is tricky, but they do have the pieces.

  • Seymour Butts

    I would do exactly what they are doing. Sign a couple of middle tier pitchers, maybe a similar out fielder, and flip them for prospects at the trade deadline. It has stocked the farm well. It will pay off in the long run, and after all, who understands the long run better than a Cub fan.

  • Seymour Butts

    I would do exactly what they are doing. Sign a couple of middle tier pitchers, maybe a similar out fielder, and flip them for prospects at the trade deadline. It has stocked the farm well. It will pay off in the long run, and after all, who understands the long run better than a Cub fan.

  • Pierce

    This goes along with what everyone else is saying, but with a little flair…

    Bolster that bullpen with some solid middle relief pitchers, maybe some oldies to teach the youngins a thing or two. But my one big plan would to go out and spend money on a top-tier free agent. Make the media talk about us, and want to watch us for this big-name FA. I’m not sure quite yet who this would be, (haven[‘t much looked into who is going to be on the FA block in in the coming years, beside Price). Maybe similarly to what Seattle just did, but not on such a grandiose scale (ie Granderson). People would start talking about us and respecting us, as well as bring some experience into the clubhouse. With such a young (well at least prospected team), we’re going to need someone in there who has the experience and guts to lead the team, as well as keep us together when we go into October and beyond.

    Now where to get this money you ask? SIGN A HUGE TV DEAL. But you can’t tick off the WGN faithful. This will be tricky. Make CSN and WGN bid for you, make it competitive. I really think expanding the market for the Cubs can do this. A lot of people are against CLark, but I say keep him. Send him to children’s hospitals to start bolstering the current generation, but keep him out of Wrigley. Period. The hard thing is making everyone happy. This is ultimately the first step in acquiring money to improve Wrigley and sign that big-ticket FA. (Much like a lot of teams are doing/have done. ie Angels).

    I’m not going in any particular order, but next I’d like to touch on prospects. I wouldn’t push any of them up to the majors, especially Olt who I’m not the biggest fan of. The only guy I’d hurry up is Baez. Voglebach can be a key piece. Although we have Rizzo at first, I’d like to entertain the idea of just shopping around Rizzo and Voglebach. Dan has shown a ton of potential, and although it may just have been a sophomore slump (*fingers crossed*), Rizzo is worth a ton to us if we keep him, or use him as trade bait.

    This is just a mumbo-jumbo of ideas, but I think agressive moves, such as signing that TV deal (although inevitable) and going out to sign a big-market FA can lead us in the right direction not just with the team, but with the players and fans as well. We have the greatest fans in the world. Let’s not forget how we got them.

    -Peace out.

  • Pierce

    This goes along with what everyone else is saying, but with a little flair…

    Bolster that bullpen with some solid middle relief pitchers, maybe some oldies to teach the youngins a thing or two. But my one big plan would to go out and spend money on a top-tier free agent. Make the media talk about us, and want to watch us for this big-name FA. I’m not sure quite yet who this would be, (haven[‘t much looked into who is going to be on the FA block in in the coming years, beside Price). Maybe similarly to what Seattle just did, but not on such a grandiose scale (ie Granderson). People would start talking about us and respecting us, as well as bring some experience into the clubhouse. With such a young (well at least prospected team), we’re going to need someone in there who has the experience and guts to lead the team, as well as keep us together when we go into October and beyond.

    Now where to get this money you ask? SIGN A HUGE TV DEAL. But you can’t tick off the WGN faithful. This will be tricky. Make CSN and WGN bid for you, make it competitive. I really think expanding the market for the Cubs can do this. A lot of people are against CLark, but I say keep him. Send him to children’s hospitals to start bolstering the current generation, but keep him out of Wrigley. Period. The hard thing is making everyone happy. This is ultimately the first step in acquiring money to improve Wrigley and sign that big-ticket FA. (Much like a lot of teams are doing/have done. ie Angels).

    I’m not going in any particular order, but next I’d like to touch on prospects. I wouldn’t push any of them up to the majors, especially Olt who I’m not the biggest fan of. The only guy I’d hurry up is Baez. Voglebach can be a key piece. Although we have Rizzo at first, I’d like to entertain the idea of just shopping around Rizzo and Voglebach. Dan has shown a ton of potential, and although it may just have been a sophomore slump (*fingers crossed*), Rizzo is worth a ton to us if we keep him, or use him as trade bait.

    This is just a mumbo-jumbo of ideas, but I think agressive moves, such as signing that TV deal (although inevitable) and going out to sign a big-market FA can lead us in the right direction not just with the team, but with the players and fans as well. We have the greatest fans in the world. Let’s not forget how we got them.

    -Peace out.

  • RE Clark: The Simpsons already perfected this. I’m sure CAPS will elaborate on this, but they had Pootchy float off screen abruptly, and said he died on the way to his home planet. I’d do that. First.

    • PLCB3

      I view this as the moral of Green Eggs and Ham. Just try it. You might like it. Let him stay. Why are you going to get rid of something that the kids love?

  • RE Clark: The Simpsons already perfected this. I’m sure CAPS will elaborate on this, but they had Pootchy float off screen abruptly, and said he died on the way to his home planet. I’d do that. First.

  • Doug S.

    Man, there’s a reason I only watch the games. There’s probably not the freedom to execute as many might think. If I found myself in that position, pretty sure I’d be overwhelmed and not know where to begin. Perhaps I’d start with beer specials for Cubs home runs.

    • Sean Powell

      Cubs were 2nd in the NL in homeruns last season, with more power coming soon. That’s a lot of beer!

      • Good thing a keg of Olde Style will only set you back about 75 bones. If you’re scoring at home, that equates to 15 lunches for Butts.

    • Sean Powell

      Cubs were 2nd in the NL in homeruns last season, with more power coming soon. That’s a lot of beer!

  • PLCB3

    TV Deal: Find a short-term deal to synch it with the CSN deal. Then start negotiations on a mega deal. The sports media bubble is not going to burst any time soon. 2 big properties are up in the near future, the NBA and B10 football. By the time those new contracts are negotiated, there will be 2-3 years left on the Cubs TV deals. I would start then towards that mega deal. WGN can be a contender for said mega deal, but if the Cubs go towards their own station, it needs to be made available for national purchase.

  • Bryan

    I get flustered when my wife lets me decide where to go for dinner so I am out on this question.

  • Bryan

    I get flustered when my wife lets me decide where to go for dinner so I am out on this question.

  • Arnold Horshack

    1. Fire Crane Kenney.
    2. Hooray! I’m a hero!

  • Doc Raker

    I would sell for more than I bought them for.

  • Doc Raker

    I would sell for more than I bought them for.