First up in the Regular Season Preview series is the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were obviously very upset about their finish to ’08. After getting swept by the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs, the Cubs realized that they had to get some left handed hitting for the lineup. They did just that when they signed Milton Bradley to a 3 year, 30 million dollar contract. The Cubbies also kept their starting pitching strong by resigning Ryan Dempster. Unfortunately, the payroll got too tight to afford players such as Kerry Wood, Mark DeRosa, and Jason Marquis. Right after the Cubs set their mind to acquiring a left handed hitting right fielder for the lineup, it became obvious that Woody would not return. The Cubs also had to trade away Marquis and DeRosa in order to clear the money needed to sign Bradley. Meanwhile, Kevin Gregg was acquired in a trade to replace Wood, and Aaron Miles was signed to help out at second base. Some other acquisitions were Aaron Heilman and Luis Vizcaino. Some other losses were Bob Howry and Jim Edmonds.
The Cubs once again have very high expectations heading into the season. I know that I’m slightly biased, but it is a lock that the Cubs will win the NL Central in my eyes. I think that last year’s team was a little bit better, but they will be in the playoffs no matter what, and probably as the first seed. The big question will be what they can do in the playoffs. If they are out in the first round again, it is pretty much a lost season. I really don’t know what’s going to happen. They have a great team talent wise, but they just cannot do a thing once they get into the playoffs.
The goal for the Cubs is to make it to the World Series, something tha
t they have the talent to do. It’s just a matter of getting it done in October.