The Chicago Cubs’ brass plans to meet early next week to discuss their pre-trade deadline strategy. Specifically, reports have them meeting to plan which players they would like to move, and which young players and prospects they’d like to target.

But Jim Hendry says that the rumors of the 2011 Cubs’ demise have been greatly exaggerated.

“It’s not as complicated as people would think,” Hendry said. “You want to get healthy, you want Marlon [Byrd] to come back and [Darwin] Barney and let Mike [Quade] manage the club that looks a little bit more like the club we broke camp with and see how we play for a while.

“We were just a little short of seeing a little more light at the end of the tunnel,” Hendry continued. “If we would have won one more [against the White Sox] and maybe another one against the Yankees, all of a sudden you have a pretty good 10 days. We’re playing a lot better baseball.”

With that, Hendry suggested that the Cubs aren’t ready to throw in the towel on 2011, despite losing seven of their last eight series. The team, Hendry says, is getting healthy and playing better.

For years now, I’ve used a phrase with respect to Jim Hendry’s stewardship of the Cubs: hope is not a strategy. And it sounds like Hendry is riding on a whole lot of hope right now.

If the Cubs had won another game against the Sox and another against the Yankees? What kind of reasoning is that? Ok, Jim, I’ll do you one better. If the Cubs had gone 4-4 over their eight-game losing streak. If the Cubs hadn’t lost those two miserable games in Cincinnati. If the Cubs had actually won three games in a row at any point this year. Are we really getting anywhere with this?

I highly doubt Hendry is actually as confident as his hope sandwich would suggest. What is he going to say when asked about reports that he’s meeting next week to discuss unloading the team? “Yup, we are. Come to the Chicago Cubs garage sale! Buy Carlos Pena, get an Alfonso Soriano free!” Neither can he say that the team definitely will make some moves, because, well, what if they don’t? It sounds like Hendry has been taking lessons from Tom Ricketts on managing expectations.

When the Cubs’ front office personnel and scouts meet next week, I have no doubt that they will discuss the plans for sell-trades, rather than buy-trades. But my only hope is that they don’t let their own hope get in the way of executing a reasonable plan for the future.


  • die hard

    wont win with Quade and present coaching staff….also need to play kids kids kids….let Soriano, Zambrano, and Ramirez be subs until they waive no trade

  • Ian Afterbirth

    “Two word review – ‘Shit Sandwich'”.

  • al

    and hold the mayo

  • ry

    Hendry=Complete Dilusional Idiot!

  • Caleb

    It probably comes down to not only what the Cubs want, but what other teams are looking for and willing to give up. I’m sure the meetings are used to prepare for any eventually and scout out some possibilities.

  • pfk

    Its all just part of the dance and the game that is played just before a major rebuild. I no more believe he is sincere than fly around the moon.

    • Ace

      I can fly around the moon. Did it twice this morning.

      • Dave

        He said it on the internet, must be true.

  • jim

    Have been told waiting list for season tix is now zero.

    • Dave

      My current place on the list is 77076

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Hendry= dumb fat fuck whos screwed the cubs forva longtime
    Rickets= dumb owner who doesn’t know how to run his team

  • Eric

    Pretty much conceding the game when you bring in Grabow or Samardzjia late in the game when it’s tied or close…

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Eric you got that right..this where Quade has no buisness being a have Sean Marshall whos been great all year for the most part!..iam just so tired of the fuck ups

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    And the Cubs lose another one run many is that this year Ace? I think the lead the league in 1 run loses

  • oso

    Hendry is going to blow it. This is going to hurt.

  • Cheryl

    There’s one good thing about this team (I’m leaving out Castro and a few others in this assessment.) The cubs are on a pace to get the first or second pick in next year’s draft.

  • jb

    Are you kidding me? what position player outside of Castro would start on the Brewers or Cardinals right now? I mean those are the teams that we are trying to catch right which means we have better horses than they do…right?

    Hendry needs to go RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Jeremy

    So we’re waiting on Byrd to come back to we can bench Reed and his .350 (ish) batting average?? How will that help things? Barney I am ready to have back, but Byrd? Well I guess we can hope for Byrd to come back, rip it up, then get traded (even thought I really like him, but its for the best…and I like Reed more).

    • Ace

      Frankly, that’s exactly what I’m hoping for.

      But I think Reed will eventually be traded as well.