So much for "building from within".
According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs and Tampa Rays have agreed to an 8 player deal that nets the Cubs Matt Garza.
The Cubs trade prospects Christ Archer, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos, Hak-Ju Lee and Sam Fuld to the Rays for Garza, minor league outfielder Fernando Perez and a minor league pitcher. For those of you scoring at home, those are the Cubs #2 (Archer), #4 (Lee) and #8 (Guyer) prospects on my Cubs Composite Top 10 Prospect list, including the Cubs Minor League Player (Guyer) and Pitcher (Archer) of the Year. Add in Chirinos, who was among the prospects also receiving votes in the composite list, and Fuld, a valuable 4th or 5th outfielder, and that is a VERY steep price to pay for a pitcher not named Roy Halladay.
My reaction to the trade: I HATE IT!!!!
After all this talk about doing things the right way, spending more money on scouting and player development and building from within, this move proves that Jim Hendry and the Cubs are still in "win now" mode. After a losing season that saw attendance drop, this move stinks of desperation-- an effort to try to make the on-field product look better and put fannies in the seats.
Don't get me wrong, Garza is a good pitcher, but his addition is not going to win the Cubs any division titles (let alone World Series titles). Three of the Cubs division rivals (the Brewers, Reds and Cardinals) have all made moves to improve their team, while the Cubs have been basically treading water and waiting for their overblown contracts to come off the books.
It is this short-term focus, that generally prevails with Cubs management, that is keeping them from achieving the ultimate goal--the World Series--and until their mindset changes or a certain GM is fired, the Cubs will continue to fail to reach that goal.