According to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times, the Cubs have been gathering information on Andrew Friedman and....Ned Colletti. Is this a joke? Am I really still asleep and just having a nightmare? What's worse, according to Wittenmeyer, the Cubs are considering Colletti because they feel he can bring Ryne Sandberg in.
Three reasons why this would be a monumentally bad idea...
1) This is backwards. The GM is more important. You cannot choose a GM based on who he might bring in as manager. Players make the team and the GM brings in the players. The manager is more like icing on the cake. You don't put the icing down first and then try to build a cake on it.
2) Why does a Sandberg hiring require a Colletti hiring first? Sandberg's dream job is to manage the Cubs. He's not going to care who the GM is.
3) Ned Colletti is dreadfully incompetent. It won't matter who the manager is. Take a look at a list of some of his transactions...
- Signed Juan Pierre for 5 years and $44M
- Signed a broken down Jason Schmidt for 3 years and $47M
- Traded top young catcher Carlos Santana for Casey Blake
Granted, he did trade Milton Bradley for Andre Ethier. He also stuck the Cubs with Cesar Itzuris and Blake Dewitt while getting Greg Maddux and Ted Lilly in return. So we know he's done better than Hendry in those deals...but how much is that really saying?
And what about player development? So far, Colletti has drafted one major league player worth mentioning -- Clayton Kershaw. There are only 2 homegrown players in their lineup: Matt Kemp and James Loney, but each made his debut in 2006 -- the year Colletti was hired, so he really had nothing to do with their development.
It's hard for me to believe that the Cubs can seriously consider hiring him based on what Wittenmeyer said. I refuse to believe the Ricketts family can be that incompetent, but if any of this is true and the Cubs do wind up hiring Ned Colletti in what is the most important decision the Cubs have made in the Ricketts tenure, then you can pretty much bet on more frustrating years in the future.
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