I had a thought yesterday that many of us probably have mulled over.
It may have been the best thing for the grand plan that Anthony Rizzo wasn’t brought up earlier in the year. This team is playing pretty well since the call up (11-4) and just looks like a different club.
Maybe it is Rizzo’s production or his leadership that the line up needed, but either way this team is playing perfectly into the big picture after all.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer couldn’t have asked for a better scenario when it comes to the trade deadline approaching. There are many pieces that teams will be interested in including two of the top (Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza). The recent play of the entire team has to bode well for player values.
There is no better time for Dempster to be setting team records for scoreless innings (currently tied) and for a hot streak from Alfonso Soriano.
Hoyer has to be licking his chops right about now.
Now a Soriano deal still may not make sense on some levels but we will get to that another time.
The reality is if the Cubs had Rizzo and this group playing even .500 ball all season it would be in that grey area where fans would be clamoring for the club to be buyers rather than big time sellers. It is possible they could have been players in the division and made Hoyer's job more difficult. As it stands now the stars are aligning just right.
As fun as this team is to watch now, it won’t look the same soon. However, Hoyer says they will still put out a product to be proud of. In fact he sounds like a GM who values some of his chips enough to keep, though that may be deadline posturing.
"Sure we do, but you look at each individual case and see if it's something that can help the organization," Hoyer said Saturday. "But we're not going to focus on numbers and how it mixes up.
"We're going to field a team that we're proud of after July 31. That's something that is important as well."
The Cubs GM knows that the future looks bright in regards to position players like Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Brett Jackson, etc. Unfortunately for now, there is a great need for young pitching and that is what they will focus on stocking up on as the deadline nears.
On top of that Bruce Levine reiterated yesterday what I had told you recently, they are also searching for their future third baseman.
I’ve had some fun watching this team play lately and breaking it up will be hard for some fans. However, the goal is to be a dominant team in the next few years and this is the front office’s chance to strike gold and put them in just that position.
Let's give some credit here, the Rizzo hand couldn't have been played better.
Now let's see what Jed does with the rest of his cards.
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