What do the Cubs expect to do in the offseason?
I have been watching the remaining playoff games, and I’m still pissed off that the Cubs aren’t playing. Â Am I the only one? Â I wouldn’t think so but who knows lol.
I started thinking forward to the 2008 season, and what we might see out of the Chicago Cubs. Manager Lou Piniella will be back for his second season that is for sure. Will the team resign Kerry Wood?Â Wil Geovany Soto be the opening day catcher? Â What do you do with Jacque Jones? Â Will Cliff Floyd be back?
As far as the free agents on the Cubs roster, I would expect the team to sign Kerry Wood, Daryle Ward, and Cliff Floyd if he chooses to come back. Â Also, Scott Eyre does have a players option and has stressed that he would love to stay with the Cubs. Â Time will tell what they do with Eyre, but I would expect him to be in Cubbie Blue in 08 as well.
That leaves Steve Trachsel and Jason Kendell as the free agents that the team would let go. Â Neither player has a future with the Cubs team I don’t feel. Â Atleast I sure hope not.
Right now I think we can expect Geovany Soto to be the starting catcher, Aramis Ramirez at thirdbase, Ryan Theriot at shortstop (would love to upgrade), Mark DeRosa playing second base, Derrek Lee at first, Alfonso Soriano out in leftfield, Jacque Jones/Felix Pie in centerfield, and Matt Murton in rightfield.
Time will only tell what the Cubs will be able to do as far as signing free agents and trades this offseason.ï¿½ With the team up for sale, and no owner in place as of right now, nothing to drastic is going to happen.ï¿½ I’d love to pick up a right fielder and a shortstop, but I understand if nothing happens at those positions as well.