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Let out those noxious fumes/that sigh of relief. The end is not nigh. We shall live to see another day. Gordo says it's so:

And here's the thing with the back end of that Bradley contract ($11 million plus prorated bonus money in 2011): It is said to be the bigger financial issue, but the Cubs' payroll in 2011 is a lot more flexible than in 2010. So the team would seem to have more leeway in that payroll year, which, of course, isn't exactly classified information.

Even assuming no increase from next year's roughly $143 million to 2011 (for the 40-man roster), the Cubs figure to have more than $20 million in wiggle room dropping off the books from one season to the next -- $25 million in Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly alone, with modest increases built into a few other players' commitments.

Players will have to be replaced, but theoretically the new and improved farm system should be producing at least a replacement or two by then, to prevent multiple big-spending needs.


Gordo has it all planned out! See? We just wait out 2010, and then the Cubs (without Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly) will be on the precipice of winning it all, thanks to a farm system that will replace everything that ails the Cubs between now and 2011. I'm glad we don't have that to worry about anymore.

In further news... despite having three years left on his contract, Ryan Dempster is in the market to sell some real estate. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he has three properties in Chicago:

In a move that will help to thin out what may be the heftiest local residential real estate portfolio of any Chicago Cubs player, starting pitcher ace Ryan Dempster has placed a 13-room mansion in Lakeview on the market for $2.25 million.

Dempster, 32, paid $1.715 million in early 2006 to buy the five-bedroom residence from its builder. He then paid $2.69 million in late 2008 for another newly-built house a few blocks away. Dempster also paid $480,000 this year for a condo in the neighborhood.

Now, Dempster has decided to unload the first mansion. Built in 2005, the three-story, 5,300-square-foot brick and limestone residence has 4 1/2 baths, four fireplaces, a master suite with a spa bath, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, a large gourmet kitchen with a butler's pantry and breakfast nook, a party room on the top floor, a sauna, lower-level media room and a wine cellar. Outside on the 3,000-square-foot property are two cedar decks, a hot tub and a 2 1/2 -car garage.

The house came on the market Monday.

You might be asking yourself, "Why do I care?"

The answer is quite simple: because I do. I'm fascinated by the real estate industry, and so should you be. If you're not, shame on you. It's un-American not to want a house that's too big with too many shower heads. If you don't like real estate, you can go back to communist Russia where they'll appreciate you.

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cubby23(eric) said:

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I listened late last night to it, nice job by Julie.

AndCounting said:

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Carl, way to take a stand against communism and realty indifference. Surprisingly, that actually does make me feel better about the Cubs.

Umbra said:

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Yeah, your bold stand against Communism is only shared by 5 billion other people. Congrats.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yeah. . . I'm pretty sure everyone but you was joking.

Umbra said:

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Communism is not a joke, Julie.

AndCounting said:

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Wait . . . I don't get it.

MillsChC said:

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I'm with ya dude... I swore a lifetime vendetta against those damn Commies after seeing Lea Thompson, in all of her hotness, have to suffer through that evil, vindictive Commie onslaught in Red Dawn.

Fuck you Commies!

flyball said:

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great job Julie!

Edelweiss said:

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Julie did a decent job on the radio, but she was not too nice to strangers she passed in the lobby. Me for one. I didn't try to stop or bother her, but she gave me such a dirty look. I'm 65 years old, and a former U.S. ski medal winner, who was helping the sports department on the upcoming Winter Olympics.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Busted. :P

I never went in the lobby.

kiwibob said:

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Nice work Julie...
Particularly for managing to get a shout out to New Zealand in almost the first sentence!

JulieDiCaro said:

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That was all you, babe. I was tempted to yell "Yo Booooooooob!"

scott schufreider said:

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Guys ,here's the answer. Silva,Zambrano,Ramirez, Soriano,&Fontenot to the Yankees for anybody-including Girardi. Time to let all the kids play. We have rookies to fill every one of those gaps,and you have just freed up over 60 million. Sign Reed,DeRosa,bring back Jim Edmonds,and bring back that Caray announcer now that TBS doesn't want him. Good idea? What to do w Hendry?

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