March 2011 Archives

Chicago Cubs could contend in NL Central, but .500 should be goal

If ticket sales were any indication of how fans view the Chicago Cubs' prospects this season, then maybe expectations are finally coming into line with reality.

Despite one of the richest payrolls in baseball, the Cubs will likely be on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs yet again.

This has more to do with the mix of aged veterans and young talent on the club than an inability to find players who can contribute to a winner. The young players are still a bit too raw to make the necessary impact. Meanwhile, the current crop of veterans was assembled with an eye on the title in 2007 and 2008 - a plan that didn't quite pan out as the Cubs were unceremoniously swept in the Division series both years.

Instead of dropping the high priced contracts after those two seasons (and they tried), the Cubs held on to players such as Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, leading to a creaking squad that is chewing up payroll space.

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