Let me get to another issue that has popped up recently with the Cubs. Apparently, they are going to make Ryan Dempster a starter again. I don’t have a strong opinion one way or the other as to where Demp would be more effective, the pen or the rotation. Or if he’ll be effective in either role. But I do have an opinion on his taking the place of someone he will not be better than next year: Sean Marshall. Now that it would be Marshall might be up for debate. It could be Marquis, which would be another bone to pick with Hendry.
But assume it is Marshall. He had a breakout year in 2007. He a big lefty and only 25 years old. Does anyone think Ryan Dempster will make it to 180 innings as a starter? I don’t. And if he did, I doubt he would be as effective as Marshall.
These are the kinds of decisions that drive baseball fans nuts. Marshall is grown in your system, has shown progress and likely has better days still ahead. Make Dempster one of the set-up guys and bring in a closer or move Marmol into that slot.
I have some relievers on my wish list for the Cubs. That’s coming up later…