Lee opted to stay with the Cubs instead of waive his no-trade clause to be sent to the Angels. As far as I’m concerned, he’s one of the best Cubs first basemen of all-time. If he wants to stay and finish his contract, so be it. Happy to have him through the rest of 2010. Technically we’re not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs so who’s to say we can’t pull off something miraculous. Granted, we are WAY further behind in the standings than I would’ve expected to be at this point. I would have thought we’d be about 5 games back and still in the thick of things by now and only behind the Cards possibly (I really don’t think anyone saw this season coming from Cincinnati). However, Lee’s commitment to the team is something I respect and I’m happy to have him slugging away (or let’s face…or not) for the rest of this season. I mean, not this happy:
Lilly on the other hand is another story and I’m not sure how much longer we have Super Ted on the squad. Demp had his time at the top and Zambrano was supposed to be the team’s ace and he completely fell apart over the time Ted’s been here. In the few years we’ve had Lilly he’s been the least supported, most consistent pitcher on the team. If we had five Lilly’s and essentially in that case, no ace, we would have won more games over that time period than with the guys we’ve had. I honestly believe that. I think we would have three-peated in the Central from ’07-’09 and would have seen the playoffs for one more season than we did. Which would have given us one more chance at redemption to make up for being swept in the first round of the playoffs two years in a row.
We are definitely sellers in the market though as you don’t hear any of the big names left as rumored to be coming to the Cubs. Lee doesn’t appear to be going anywhere and Lilly is the big sideshow right now that all the other clubs are coming to see/scout and hopefully land in their own flying circus.
The team is going to look extremely different next year and I’ve accepted that. Great chance that our first baseman, second baseman, rotation, bullpen and right field all are all occupied by different players in 2011. If you have any favorites on this team, enjoy them now because next year, who knows whether they’ll be back or not.
On a personal note, my father-in-law has been moved from the hospital to the rehab center and it seems as if he’ll finally start the rehabilitation process after having a stroke three weeks ago. I was up there with him over the weekend but had a chance to catch the Hall of Fame induction on MLBN. Lots to come about that in the coming days. Go Cubs Go!