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A Not-So-Simple Question
by Derek Smart
I've seen a number of folks around these here internets mentioning that, rather than concerning themselves with a middle-order lefty bat, the Cubs should be after a top-flight starter. Considering that the current staff consists of Carlos Zambrano and several third or fourth guys, and knowing how things went down in last year's postseason, I'm in agreement with the sentiment. Of course, the problem is, such items don't seem to exist in available forms, and if they did, it would be doubtful the Cubs could put together an appropriate package to make the acquisition.
With that in mind, I've had this thought and I'd like to put the question to the masses: If he goes, let's say, five or six more starts without any physicial issues while performing up to his established level, and having done this, his current team makes him available (which there's no guarantee of), would you want to make a deal for Rich Harden? If so, what would you be willing to give?
If he stays healthy through October, you've got a guy who can pitch you to a championship. If not, well, we've all seen the high-risk, high-reward scenario play out poorly in these parts. I suppose the root question is what you'd be willing to part with for the shot, and to go with that, how willing you'd be to deal with the psychic drama that, with the Cubs' recent history being what it is, we've all experienced too much of already?