Well, well well………..where to start. I already wrote an entry, but my Mac crashed before I could save it. Doh!!! I was really dissapointed in 2 of the Cub’s players today primarily. First off is Carlos Zambrano. That guy made almost $17 million last year and got 9 wins for the Cubs. Just to put that into perspective, Tim Lincecum made $650 K last year and he already had 1 cy-young under his belt. Lincecum won another cy-young last year (consecutive ones) and still is making over $5 million less than Zambrano. So it’s really hard for me to see the value that Big Z brings to the Cubs when he is getting paid over $34 million for 2 seasons and only gets 9 wins one season and starts out with a 1 1/3 inning 8 run outing the next season. That money would be better spent on a guy of Lincecum’s ability. Or perhaps a guy like Felix Hernandez, who is making a total of $10 million this year with a 3.5 million signing bonus included. I put King Felix and Lincecum in a whole other bracket than Big Z, yet both of them are making far less $$ than Zambrano. I know this will be hard for many to hear, but it’s time for Zambrano to go. Even on the Cubs, I put him as the 4th best pitcher, behind Dempster, Lilly, and Wells. He’s certainly not worth the money he’s making. Josh Beckett doesn’t even get that kind of money. I’m not sure who does, but probably someone like CC since he’s a Yankee. If you think about it, Zambrano is earning over $500,000 / game. Did he earn it in 1 1/3 innings today? not even close. I’d like the Cubs to somehow find a trade partner for Zambrano and get a guy that is the caliber of Felix and Tim. That would free up money to spend elsewhere. I hope these are the things the Ricketts plan on doing.
Welcome to my second edition of “Everything Chicago Cubs”. In my last edition I talked about how I thought the bullpen for the Cubs is very capable of winning a Championship. Now it time for the Starting pitchers. So without further adu, let’s get right to it. The Starters coming out of Spring Training are Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Gorzelanny, and Silva. Lilly should be ready by May and should bring a large boost (he was the only all star in 2009).
Hello everyone and welcome to the 2010 MLB season. The Cubs this spring showed me that all of us Cubs’ fans have a lot to look forward to. I know there are a lot of naysayers that say that the Cubs will be 3rd in the NL Central at best, but I tend to disagree. Yes I may be a bit biased, but I’ll explain where I’m coming from shortly.