Found January 11, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
Theocracies rely on the belief in a higher power. And after weeks of roster shaving and tinkering, I’m being forced to put an awful lot of faith in what Theo Epstein has planned for my beloved Chicago Cubs. “Who are these ******’ guys?” Out are familiar faces like Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano, Sean Marshall, Carlos Pena, Tyler Colvin and Kosuke Fukodome. In are Travis Wood, Ian Stewart, Chris Volstad, Paul Maholm, David DeJesus, Andy Sonnanstine, Manny Corpas and Anthony Rizzo. Dynasty! OK, maybe not, but it’s a start. Zambrano, while talented, was toxic and Theo had no choice but to bite the bullet, swallow the $15 million and jettison the Venezuelan headache to Miami. Ramirez, arguably the most productive third baseman in the National League over the past five seasons, didn’t really fit into the rebuilding mode, plus he was looking to hit it big in free agency. Theo has a plan, and after I digested his early transactions, it’s starting to crystallize. On paper...
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