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Here's a Thought: What Happens When We Start Winning?
Posted 23 August 2013 - 07:54 AM
I read this over at NBCnews.com the other day and found it fasinating. What do you do when you're winning? Read it if you haven't already. What would you have done if you were Amaro?
Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:41 AM
If the cubs are winning Cubs I would like them to follow a similar pattern to the Blackhawks. There was quite a bit of a turn over between the two Blackhawks championship teams. Determine which younger players you want to build around and everyone else is expendable. Might mean trading a player fans like but if you have to minor league to fill in your okay. Theo and Jed have already shown they are willing to trade a fan favorite in Nomar, so I think the Cubs are in good hands.
Amora should never had extended Howard, and that frees up a bit of money to address problems. I like what he did with the rotation. With that rotation the Philies still would of won a lot of games even with someone other than Howard at first. That is the big thing that I'd do differently might even look at trading Howard for a few prospects. If they could of found a pitching prospect for Howard who could be plugged in when Holliday went down they be in better shape right now.
Posted 23 August 2013 - 11:38 AM
I'm not sure this is quite as relevant with the cubs. The plan is too develop a huge amount of talent im the minors and they have, especially after this year, acquired a ton of really young, talent international players. I know international players are really lotto tickets but the Cubs have a lot of tickets. When they prospects we talk about now are hitting free agency those guys, plus any the FO gets in the next few years will keep the talent coming up the pipeline. The cubs should be able to chose between signing a guy to a long term big contract and trading him for prospects and bring in youth. If you want to sign a guy and they have prospects behind them you can trade them for younger guys who will be ready in a few more years.
It would be kinda like the Dodgers outfield. They had Kemp, Crawford and Either. Now they have Puig and somebody's gotta go. That's the problem, I want to have. The Phillies trade prospect and signed older guys. If you have the right guys in place you bring them up and keep a mix of youth and experience.
That's seems to be the plan.
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