Suppose the Cubs had done a lot more at the deadline.
Suppose they moved Reed Johnson and Carlos Pena. Suppose they moved Ramirez, Byrd, and Baker too, punting on 2012 as well as 2011. And suppose they ate Alfonso Soriano's contract and shipped him off to New York.
This is who'd be left for the 13 open positions on the major league roster, ranked by wRC+ (remember, a wRC+ of 100 means a player is a league-average hitter):
Starlin Castro, 99
Geovany Soto, 98
Darwin Barney, 84
Blake DeWitt, 72
Tony Campana, 72
Lou Montanez, 70
Koyie Hill, 63
Tyler Colvin, -8
Brad Snyder, -56
I'm guessing the Cubs want Brett Jackson, DJ LeMahieu, and Ryan Flaherty to spend some time in Iowa facing AAA pitching, so the other four position players you'd probably see added to the roster are Marquez Smith, Bryan LaHair, Scott Moore, and maybe Marwin Gonzalez?
So maybe that's why there wasn't a fire sale.
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