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Theo's message: Everyone's in play

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08:21 AM ET 06.13 | This almost makes one wonder what the Cubs have in store for next week. In nine days, the Cubs' front office made its first draft choice since taking over, agreed to terms with its first major international free agent and fired one of the top hitting coaches in the game. ... Not that it's taking anybody's mind off the wrong direction the team is headed on the field, but the overhaul is definitely in full motion less than halfway through the season. And Tuesday's firing of Rudy Jaramillo made it clear that almost everything and everybody is in play, regardless of stature. The move came about three weeks after the front office met with Jaramillo and "asked for some adjustments" in teaching emphasis.

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Dale Sveum, Icon Sports Dale Sveum, Icon Sports
June 13, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Um, Jaramillo was considered the best hitting coach in the game. But no coach can do much if: A. The players don't listen. B. The players you've got can't hit. Rudy will find work pronto.

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June 13, 2012  09:49 AM ET

It is the easiest thing in the world to say everyone in play. But maybe the Cubs need to take a couple of steps back and think before speaking. If my team is that bad why would other teams would want to trade with me.

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June 13, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

My message to Theo..........This ain't Boston..................

Thank God for that.

June 13, 2012  11:21 AM ET

Rudy didn't have much to work with, now, did he?

June 13, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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It is the easiest thing in the world to say everyone in play. But maybe the Cubs need to take a couple of steps back and think before speaking. If my team is that bad why would other teams would want to trade with me.

Because they still have some players that are good and have value and that teams might want...
Do you watch the sport?

June 13, 2012  11:35 AM ET

There's no easy fix here.

June 13, 2012  12:43 PM ET

Looks like Detroit could use Castro at ss .

June 13, 2012  12:51 PM ET

And REALLY , what was Detroit thinking by putting Cabrarra back at third , he ate himself off that position long ago and wasn't that good then. He's like a train ...forward motion but beware when leaves the tracks .

June 13, 2012  01:14 PM ET

Who goes only by a first name who isn't in Hollywood or music? Theo is Rush Street pretty and the face of the Cubs when they need a ballplayer to do it. The Tribune sells "When Theo Met Tom" articles. Can't wait to see what his excuses are 3 years from now.

June 13, 2012  01:43 PM ET

The Cubbies hope the get more for Dempster than they did for Ted Lilly. They traded Lily and Ryan Theriot for Blake Dewitt, Brett Wallach, and Kyle Smitts. They got swindled! They are likely to get less for Dempster because the CBA has changed and if the team that trades for a free-agent like Dempster does not sign him, they no longer will get a compensatory pick for that loss.

June 13, 2012  02:08 PM ET

Every trade the Cubs make should be geared towards getting as many low-level prospects as possible. There's no point in trying to get Major League or even AAA talent back for their current assets because (a) their current players aren't good enough to bring back such talent, and (b) the Cubs' organization is so far from contending that all current Major League players available via trade will be retired long before the Cubs field a playoff-worthy team. If a quarter to a third of players they get back via the impending fire sale develop to be Major League players, the Cubs could find themselves in a good position in approximately five years.

June 13, 2012  02:09 PM ET
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And REALLY , what was Detroit thinking by putting Cabrarra back at third , he ate himself off that position long ago and wasn't that good then. He's like a train ...forward motion but beware when leaves the tracks .

Actually Cabrera's been alot better than people thought he would be. They have bigger problems on defense at many other positions, 2B, SS, 1st, LF (if Delmon is in there) and RF (if Boesch is there).

June 13, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Every trade the Cubs make should be geared towards getting as many low-level prospects as possible. There's no point in trying to get Major League or even AAA talent back for their current assets because (a) their current players aren't good enough to bring back such talent, and (b) the Cubs' organization is so far from contending that all current Major League players available via trade will be retired long before the Cubs field a playoff-worthy team. If a quarter to a third of players they get back via the impending fire sale develop to be Major League players, the Cubs could find themselves in a good position in approximately five years.

June 13, 2012  04:21 PM ET

I do watch your Cubs Mr. AllStarz and I am trying to remember a all star type player on your team. Maybe I was watching the Bad News Bears instead and I thought it was the Cubs. How do you say it wait until next year Cubs fan.

June 13, 2012  04:36 PM ET

Theo was playing with house money in Boston for years. The team won in 2004 because he inherited a large cache of quality guys. He came in and added some seasoning...2007? We can thank Larry Lucchino for getting Lowell and Beckett..these are not secrets...what Theo did accomplish was to lose that "vision"...and he left town before he got thrown out...The Sox are the 2007 NY Yankees without the offense. Cubs fans? He's your problem now....it ain't gonna happen anytime soon...

 
June 13, 2012  08:19 PM ET

Hey coreypattersonlives! You're an idiot. Try to figure it out.

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