According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are meeting to determine the direction of the team. The trade deadline is just 5 weeks away and Gordon Wittenmyer says the Cubs will give the team a few more weeks to see if they can salvage the season.
Let's be realistic here. Even though the Cubs have played a little better as of late, they are still 32-46 on the season and 7.5 games behind the PIRATES, you know, the team that set the record for 18 consecutive losing seasons.
The latest Playoff Odds Report by Baseball Prospectus gives the Cubs a 0.2% chance of reaching the playoffs.
Its pretty obvious to me which direction the Cubs should go and I don't need 3 weeks to figure it out. The problem is that, even though the Cubs should be sellers this July, they don't have a lot of assets to sell. The general feeling around the baseball web is that the Cubs will not be able to move their high salary players (Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano, Kosuke Fukudome and Aramis Ramirez) and will be left seeing what the can get for the likes of Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson.
The good thing is that, unlike the Pirates, who, due to being a small market team, have had to rebuild through player development and trades, the Cubs will have money to spend after this season. For this reason, it should not take the Cubs 19 years to put a contender on the field. However, if Jim Hendry throws money around like he did in the past, we could be back in this same predicament in 4-5 years.