Friday, March 21, 2008

'08 RAPs: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs, after finally being willing to spend a few bucks, captured the NL Central. This year, the Cubs were once again willing to spend money: this time on Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome. Lets see if they will also be able to repeat as Champs.
Here are the Cubs off-season moves:
-Signed outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year contract.
-Agreed to terms with pitcher Jon Lieber on a one-year contract.
-Signed pitcher Shingo Takatsu to a minor league contract.
-Agreed to terms with infielder Alex Cintron on a minor league contract.
-Acquired pitcher Tim Lahey from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Carlos Zambrano
SP2: Ted Lilly
SP3: Rich Hill
SP4: Ryan Dempster
SP5: Jon Lieber
CL: Carlos Marmol/Bob Howry/Kerry Wood
SUM: Kerry Wood/Carlos Marmol/Bob Howry

C: Geovany Soto/Henry Blanco
1B: Derek Lee
2B: Mark DeRosa/(potentially Brian Roberts)
SS: Ryan Theriot/Ronny Cedeno
3B: Aramis Ramirez
LF: Alfonso Soriano
CF: Felix Pie
RF: Kosuke Fukudome

Easiest- The Cubs will win the division again.
Boldest- Ryan Dempster will win 12 games.
Team MVP- Ryan Dempster (11-13 wins, sub-4.25 ERA)
Best Hitter- Alfonso Soriano (35-40 HR, 110-120 RBI)
Best Pitcher- Big Z (15-18 wins, sub-4 ERA)
Breakout Player- Kosuke Fukudome (15-20 HR, +400 OBP, 70-80 RBI, +20 OF assists)

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