On the Cub website they listed the top five offseason deals the Cubs have made throughout their history. As an aside, I was a young man but I was in Wrigley Field the first time Fergie ever pitched there as a Cub.
I wanted to draw your attention to something all five deals have in common. In every case the Cubs traded for major league players , not minor league prospects. Sure we got Rick Sutcliffe and Aramis Ramirez late in the year to help put us in the playoffs. When they traded for Ferguson Jenkins it was early in the season, it was just a trade that turned out to work well for the team.
As I read about all the rumors about trading Matt Garza, I am still choking on one issue. Why do we have to trade for kids that are in the minor leagues that we hope might blossom into decent players? We have not done that before, at least to the degree that it makes the Cubs website as one of the top five offseason trades.
When we traded for Ramirez he was a young player with a MLB history of being a good hitter and somewhat erratic fielder, and like Castro, he seemed to lose concentration from time to time. There was no doubt however that he was a RBI waiting to happen with men on base and he proved that point.
Why the hell are we trading proven MLB players for kids, apparently all the time? Isn't there another arbitration eligible player like Ramirez was that we could trade for?
I'm fully aware that Travis Wood came in a trade for Sean Marshall. Theo and company have done a good job. Even with that, when it comes to a top quality pitcher like Garza, shouldn't they start looking for a Ramirez type player first that has proven himself to be a major league player, and if there is none available then start looking for top minor league talent that is still young?