7/20 Cubs’ GM looks to future

Cubs GM Jim Hendry told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday he’s open to making changes to help the team in the future but doesn’t see a need to overhaul the roster.  He was in Des Moines to watch the Triple-A Iowa team play for three games.

“Why would we trade anybody who we think is going to help us next year or the years after?” he said Tuesday.

“I would say if we move anyone it would be somebody we clearly knew wouldn’t be back,” Hendry said. “We’re not going to move people that we think are going to help us.”

 There’s no pressure to dump payroll via trade, he said. Hendry added he already has rejected several potential deals.

“Why would I trade Sean Marshall?” he said. “Why would I trade Darwin Barney? Those calls kind of stop quickly. It makes no sense.”

The GM hasn’t changed his approach this season compared to past seasons. 

“I haven’t changed any since we won 97 games in 2008,” he said. “I’ve worked just as hard.”

– Carrie Muskat 

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Keep: Barney, Soto, Marshall, Dempster, Garza, Castro. Anybody and everybody else is expendable.

I’m not sure if there are enough moves that will satisfy the fans looking for blood. Anything short of getting rid of Hendry, Quade and his staff, Soriano, Ramirez, Pena, Z, Demp, and Fukudome will not appease a good portion of Cub Nation. I’m gonna play Fanstasy Owner for the rest of the 2011 season and here’s what I would do assuming that Hendry, Quade, and his staff are gone. The GM I would hire would be Oneri Fleita with Pat Gillick hired as a consultant. I would go with Brian Harper as the manager and let Harper hand pick his staff. The next plan of action would be to let Fleita know that if he has a deal for any of the higher price players that I would be more than willing to eat a good portion of their contracts granted that the team gets some halfway descent prospects in return. For those traded, promote the prospects that are the most ready. If Ramirez is gone then promote Flahrety, if Pena is gone then promote LaHair, if Hill is gone then promote Castillo, if Fukudome is gone then promote Brett Jackson, if Soriano is gone then promote Colvin, if Byrd is gone then promote Matthew Spencer, if Baker and DeWitt are gone then promote your most MLB ready infielders. As far as the SPs, Garza and Lopez stays and the team brings up Carpenter, Jackson, Bibens-Dirkx. In the bullpen, Marshall and Marmol stays unless another team makes an offer that can not be turned down and fill the rest of the bullpen with the most MLB ready prospects. Use the rest of the 2011 season for two reasons: let the young players develop under Harper then after the season have Harper, Fleita, Gillick evaluate what positions to go after in free agency and potential trades with the understanding that ownership supports whatever plan the three come up with. Yes, you throw away the rest of the season, but some good can come out of it. One, you let the youngsters develop, two, you see what positions need the most upgrading, and three, give the fanbase something fresh to watch. If you can get a more consistant development of players then the success should follow much like Tampa did with Garza. Tampa had such depth in the minors with MLB ready pitching that they had the luxury of trading Garza in return for more depth in the minors that, potentially, could allow them to trade some of their regulars for more talent in the minors while not hurting the main product on the field.

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