The rebuilding process of the 21-41 Chicago Cubs is well underway at the corner of Clark and Addison where the "Theo Trio" is continuing their overhaul of the worst team in baseball. The current edition of the Cubs has very few players that will be here when the team is expected to be a pennant contender so that means that Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer have to use every available method to add talent to an organization that is devoid of impact players at all levels of their system.
With the first year player draft now over Epstein and Hoyer's attention turns to the trading period with the Cubs expected to be the most aggressive team in moving players to contenders. With that mindset obvious it is imperative that the clubs starts making trades as soon as is feasibly possible. Ryan Dempster should fetch a solid package in return and with the dominant outing that he had on Friday against the Boston Red Sox it should increase interest in American League teams that might have questioned his ability to pitch in the AL prior to his red hot start to the 2012 season.
However, while Dempster will be in high demand among contenders in both leagues he will not be as sought after as Matt Garza will because of his previous success in the AL East when he pitched for Tampa Bay. Add in the fact that Garza is under team control for another season and you have a pitcher that any contender would love to have. "Unless the Phillies decide to trade free agent to be Cole Hamels and I don't think they will, Matt Garza is definitely the number one starting pitcher available on the market and he should bring back 2-3 quality players," Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons told me before the opening game of the Red SoxCubs series at Wrigley Field.
Gammons opined on a number of Cubs related topics including the rebuilding process that Epstein and Hoyer are in charge of. "When Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod left Boston to run the San Diego Padres they took over a franchise that was ranked the worst organization in baseball. When they left to go to Chicago they left a Padres organization that was ranked 1 in all of baseball. They did that by making smart trades and drafting very well. Theo and Jed will do the same thing here in Chicago and with the resources of the Ricketts family who are very well respected in the game and committed to building a great organization from top to bottom the Cubs will get it done. However, it will take 2-3 years to see them get competitive but then you should have a sustained run of success," Gammons said.