It had reached that time of year when fans the nation over begin to put their GM caps on and think/talk about what moves they would make if they were in charge. GM caps aren’t nearly as fun to play with when your team is mired in sub .500 mediocrity, but it is something to do nonetheless.
The following is a just-for-fun looksee at what I would consider doing if I were the Cubs GM for a day. You will see that, even as sentimental as I am, I do not share real GM Jim Hendry’s somewhat alarming stance on fire-sales and rebuilding.
This may be the most heartless post I’ve ever written.
Dempster, Ryan: While I am trying not to let my heart interfere with my head in my pretend 1-day tenure as Cubs general manager, I can’t help it with Dempsty. I couldn’t possibly let him go anywhere. (See also: Wood, Kerry.)
Garza, Matt: I never would have traded for Matt in the first place. Unless some other team was
daft enough willing to part with 3 of its top ten prospects, I wouldn’t let go of him this year. It just seems pointless.
Grabow, John: Free to a good home.
Marmol, Carlos: There was a time when I would have considered Carlos #2 as untouchable. I don’t any longer. I suppose all that 9th inning stress has gotten to my head. I am not saying that I would trade Carlos, only that I wouldn’t rule it out. And I would demand a LOT in any possible trade situation (more than he is worth.)
Marshall, Sean: Sigh. It would be difficult for me to pull the trigger on any deal involving Sean, but I hope that in the end I would be able to do what was right for him and the Cubs.
Russell, James: If John Grabow and Sean Marshall aren’t around I guess that would make James the new go-to lefty in our bullpen.
Samardzija, Jeff: He’s done OK this year, certainly better than anyone expected. I would just keep Jeff where he is and ride out that contract.
Wells, Randy: Most of these fellows fit into one of three basic divisions. One, the guys somebody may want. Two, the guys that nobody want. Three, the guys people want but can’t have. I’m afraid that Randy might be a two.
Wood, Kerry: Maybe Kerry should be a one, but he’s a three as long as I’m GM.
Zambrano, Carlos: I wouldn’t even consider Carlos #1 as trade bait. If only to annoy Paul Sullivan.
Hill, Koyie: I heard a rumor that someone might be interested in Koyie. If it’s true, he’s theirs. But it probably isn’t.
Soto, Geovany: Not for sale. Catchers, even half decent ones, are too hard to come by.
Baker, Jeff: If I were the GM of a team that was in contention, I would want Jeff Baker. As Cubs GM, I would hesitate to part with him. Players as versatile and inexpensive as Jeffy B. are worth hanging onto, even in a bad year.
Barney, Darwin: Not going anywhere on my watch.
Castro, Starlin: Crown prince of all the untouchables.
DeWitt, Blake: Blake has never really seemed like a fit on the Cubs. I would send him some place where he could be more useful.
Pena, Carlos: I love Carlos Pena. I always have. I’ve enjoyed watching him as a Cub. But he is still probably the first guy on the proverbial chopping block.
Ramirez, Aramis: The times, they are a-changing. I’m willing to say goodbye if he is.
Byrd, Marlon: Yet another prime trade candidate who I’d miss.
Campana, Tony: Should probably be in triple-A getting more seasoning and playing time, but if half the trade propositions I’ve suggested went down, he’d probably have to tough it out in Chicago.
Fukudome, Kosuke: Sayonara, Fuke. (I seriously feel so mean all of a sudden.)
Johnson, Reed: I couldn’t let go of Reed. So much for that head/heart business.
Soriano, Alfonso: Rumors, schmumors. Fonsie isn’t going anywhere, whether we like it or not.
*Jackson, Brett: I would appease the people (myself included) who would like to have a peek at Mr. Jackson in Chicago before the 2011 season expires.
*Flaherty, Ryan: How do you feel about third base, Mr. Flaherty?
So, how ’bout it? What would you all do if you had GM powers for a day?