Originally Posted by traderumor
I don't agree that the resigning and signing of Wood and Lieber are moves to put a team over the top. They are moves that a team with plenty of payroll can make, but the core of the team is basically unchanged from the one that hovered around .500 for most of last year. Both Wood and Lieber are highly questionable with respect to durability and are as likely to make no or a negative impact as they are to be a help. With Lieber, I am glad he is not the Reds back-end pickup, he can spin a good one every once in awhile, but mostly is dreck these days.
I respectfully disagree. This is a team that last year went for the big stuff, the starting pitcher, Soriano, spent a lot of bucks. Now they are wisely filling in the missing pieces, a needed lefty bat, back-end of rotation guys, extra arms for depth (in the case of Wood, a high-risk and very high-reward guy).
This is how you try to win and, sooner or later, it will click and the Cubs will have a very big year. Maybe this year, maybe next, but soon.
Obviously the Cubs have a financial advantage, but I find their aggressiveness refreshing. I'm just not one to bank on pitching improving because "luck" may change and the other straws that people sometimes grasp at here.