Dempster is back as expected exercising his player option. Ramirez declines his mutual option looking for a multi year deal and should net the Cubs at least a supplemental pick in next years draft. Shark's option was declined and the Cubs can sign him to a $2.24M deal.
It looks like Selig will decide the compensation for Theo and I read the compensation going to the Padres will be decided after the rule 5 draft.
As expected, Reed Johnson,
Of course, who will be the manager?
Some other things I am pondering...
Does LaHair get a roster spot and possibly a chance to play every day?
Is the brain trust sold on Barney going forward?
Will they or can they unload Soriano and Zambrano?
Are they considering a big free agent splash or the indication that this will be a slow build hold true?
Which youngsters make the roster and are given an every day job? Plenty of position candidates including Jackson,
Who will be the 5th starter? Assuming that Wells is brought back and Cashner returns to the rotation, that leaves a spot. Will the Cubs aim to push Wells and Cashner down the line or is Shark or a similar unknown or #5 given the job?
Is Marmol the closer or even on the team?
And I am sure there will a lot more movement.
Edited by boubucarow, 02 November 2012 - 08:10 AM.