I have posed the question in the past, is Dale Sveum just the point A guy here?
Is Sveum more or less the Alan Trammell of this rebuilding project? Some have speculated the Cubs front office will pounce on a more decorated field general when the talent and time is ripe. Maybe a Joe Maddon or a Terry Francona?
Ken Rosenthal suggests they may not want to wait that long. What if an ideal point C guy is available now?
Joe Girardi and the Cubs have always been connected, and for good reason. Girardi has a special feeling about this place. Is it enough for him to up and leave a baseball giant like the Yankees? Girardi is a free agent again, and when I first read Rosenthal’s column two thoughts dominated. One, this is Girardi's camp once again using the Cubs as contract leverage.
The other, this would buy more time with Cubdom during this long rebuilding process. I was told yesterday this thing is a five-year plan (fan patience or not) in management and ownership’s eyes. A move like this makes it easier to take.
Now Theo Epstein doesn’t need any more credibility stamped on this project. However, Girardi, aside from the baseball reasons, would give the fan base and Tom Ricketts another strong pillar of hope to lean on.
To evoke Dave Wannstedt, the pieces would be in place, at least on the management end.
As far as Sveum is concerned, would the Cubs launch him at this point? You could make a herculean case he hasn’t had a chance with this talent base. However, if you could judge the skipper on anything it would be the younger players development. Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Jeff Samardzija have all had more down than up seasons. I'm told the front office has concerns over that, and also to not expect an extension for Sveum this offseason.
Back to Girardi, would he be up for taking on a young team? Why not? The Yankees are getting old with a capital O. They also are going to have a harder time reloading in this current market.
The Cubs could give Girardi another chance to mentor young talent like he did in Florida (before the crazy ownership pulled the plug due to personality conflicts).
Then there is always the same chance to be “that guy." It may sound Hollywood, but I’m sure Girardi has had the local boy breaking the curse dream.
Today maybe Cubs fans can dream a little.