The Cubs won't trade Jeff Baker.
Rumor has it they want to keep Carlos Pena around because they love his clubhouse presence.
What's Jim Hendry doing? Trying to keep a 70-win team in tact for 2012 because the guys who comprise it are so damned lovable? Refusing to mortgage the next two months of the season because ... I don't know ... "it's how you finish that counts" or something?
From here, 2012 looks awfully gloomy. And doomy, for that matter. Will I somehow find a way to muster up a seedling of hope come March? Yes, yes I will. But not because Kosuke Fukudome is patrolling right field, or because the Cubs will have Carlos Pena at first base again and he can continue to launch home runs with no one on base.
It's difficult to admit that the Cubs are in a position typically reserved for the Pirates and the Royals of the world, but it is what it is. The action the Cubs can take at this point that would most excite me for the future would be to trade pretty much anyone who would shed future payroll or bring back significant young talent. Stockpile young stars, shoot for the moon in 2013. Even at Wait 'til this Year, we're ready to admit that this year is over. Are you, Jim Hendry?