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08:17 AM ET 06.19 | The Cubs may have quickly figured out how to square the call-up of Anthony Rizzo with Bryan LaHair and Alfonso Soriano in the lineup. [A] surprisingly simple solution was revealed at the start of Round 2 in the City Series. Dale Sveum's new formula worked wonders against the White Sox. It took only three innings to show why it should end speculation about the Cubs dealing away their second-best hitter. If LaHair can play right field, he can stick around without displacing the highly paid, highly unwanted yet still valuable Soriano. LaHair might just be OK out there. ... It was as if LaHair wanted to reward Sveum for trusting him in the new-look lineup that could be a preview for the second half of the season.

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June 19, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Either the original story was directly referring to a thesis not referenced in this snippet OR the original was mangled by the SN compositor. Either way, it is bloody awful.

June 19, 2012  09:06 AM ET

It was a no brainer all along. It is hard for me to understand why it took the Cubs this long to react.

June 19, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It was a no brainer all along. It is hard for me to understand why it took the Cubs this long to react.

lot of things, including whether lahair would still be hitting come june/july.

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June 19, 2012  07:08 PM ET

I love the direction the Cubs are going in and here's why Im so optimistic:

Zambrano $19,000,000
Dempster - $14,000,000
Marmol - $7,000,000 ($9,800,000 in 2013)
Soriano - $18,000,000 (the same in 2013/2014)
Soto - $4,300,000

That's over $37,000,000 coming off the books at the end of this year, another $28,000,000 off the books at the end of 2013, and another $18,000,000 slashed at the end of 2014. And from just FIVE guys leaving the payroll. The Cubs prospects that they've already signed and will be signing (including Almora and Soler) will have two and a half more years to develop in the minors prior to the 2015 season, and by the time that season starts you'll have dropped around $60,000,000 off the payroll just from the guys mentioned above. That equals a whole hell of a lot of money to spend on free agents to supplement the prospects that will have arrived at the major league level by then.

2015 is my projected year for the Cubs to begin playing winning baseball on yearly basis. I'm certainly not alone in that calculation. Will the next two years be just as dreadful as this year? Most likely... But welcome to rebuilding. And am I expecting a World Series title in 2015? Absolutely not... But I do expect that it will mark the beginning of a franchise that will compete for a division title year in, year out.

People can make jokes and hate all they want but there is FINALLY a modern, intelligent plan on the North Side, and Theo/Jed/Jason are going to have several tens of millions of dollars to work with by 2015 when many of these prospects will be MLB ready.

June 22, 2012  10:22 AM ET

Brett Jackson won't be arriving anytime soon. He is doing awful at triple a too many strikeouts and obp is horrible. I think the Cubs have given up on him.

 
June 22, 2012  09:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Brett Jackson won't be arriving anytime soon. He is doing awful at triple a too many strikeouts and obp is horrible. I think the Cubs have given up on him.

Theyre not even close to giving up on him. It's the first year he's ever struggled lol

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