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Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts yesterday confirmed what we’ve long suspected: the team’s payroll will decrease next year from the current $145 million level. Speaking to reporters, Ricketts said, “[w]e haven’t made any decisions where payroll goes next year. But I think it will be slightly lower than this year.”

The Cubs have some $115 to 120 million already accounted for by players under contract and expected pay raises, leaving little wiggle room for Jim Hendry to find a first baseman, a late-inning reliever, and possibly a front-line starter.

  • Dingo

    Basically we will go from suck to shithouse

  • Bric

    Again, I’ve said it many times before but I’ll keep saying it until we either get stuck with Dunn or Nady at 1st base nex yeart- why aren’t the Cubs trying to get Nick Evans to play first from the Mets. He’s behind Ike Davis and will be out of options next year. He’s hitting .400 and would fit in great with the young core of position players we’re already putting together. All it would take is a combo of two or three young pitchers (out of Jackson, Diamond, Atkins, and Berg). Basically anybody but Archer, Coleman, or Dolis. If you’re gonna rebuild I’d rather see a bunch of journeymen in the bullpen than all of these rookies anyway.

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