This rebuilding plan is perplexing for both the fans and media.
Looking around this week there are some questions worth visiting.
Dale Sveum is sticking with Marmol not just because he is the best option at closer, but because he would ruin any chance of the front office moving him by making a change. At least Marmol’s velocity has been back up to that 94-95mph range. That will make someone bite, you would think.
Marmol does makes a ton of money, ($16 million over 2 years) but maybe a contender becomes desperate enough to take on most of it at the deadline?
Theo Epstein really must curse out Jim Hendry on a daily basis. There isn’t one player that the Cubs can move without some type of money being eaten.
Phil Rogers wonders what to make of Chris Volstad so far:
Got to admit, I thought Chris Volstad was going to be better than he’s been so far. He’s 0-3 and the Cubs have lost all four of his starts, and on Wednesday one of his old bugaboos returned. Volstad was prone to serving up home runs with Florida, and David Freese’s 2-run shot in the sixth inning turned a good outing into a bad one.
Rogers admits it's early in the game still with Volstad, and he is right. Volstad should be given a very long leash. He has shown at least to be a back of the rotation guy and maybe more if they can get him out of the one bad inning habit.
There really would be nothing gained long term by replacing him with Randy Wells at this point.
Rogers says Tony Campana’s unimpressive 2011 stats (.259/.303/.301) were at least partially the result of being used in a difficult role and wonders if he can be a legit lead off guy at the end of the day.
It’s good to have the speedster back in the big leagues. He’s getting a chance to play some with Marlon Byrd in Boston and he’s making the most of it. Campana, who was hitting .304 with a .355 on-base percentage in Iowa, is 5-for-9 with four stolen bases and has reached base six times in 10 plate appearances.
He had only 26 starts among his 95 games played, and that’s not enough to feel comfortable at the plate. He could be a very good part-time player but a manager has to be willing to sacrifice power regularly, giving him at least two or three starts a week. If he can find a way to get his on-base percentage to .350-plus, he can become the leadoff hitter who National League teams most hate to face.