Cub fans out there REJOICE, yet take caution. According to two publicized reports, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Associated Press, the Cubs have made an offer to the apple of the eyes of Cubs fans everywhere Carlos Beltran. The Cubs have neither confirmed or denied the reports, but are not likely to sign him, this exact minute. The initial offer from the Cubs is still inconclusive but sources close to the Cubs have estimated the offer to be a 5 to 6 year 84 to 90 million dollar contract. That's how the chase for Greg Maddux began last winter, another Boras client of course. It was a lowball offer from the Cubs, one of 3 years $9 million dollars. The deal finished up as one of 4 years and $20 million dollars. Now, I PREDICT (say it like you mean it), that the Cubs final offer will be one around 7 years $125 million.
Cub fans, don't get it twisted, it is only an initial offer. But if they don't get Beltran, don't take it as "Oh at least we tried." DON'T DO THAT! Because truely, the Cubs obvioulsy didn't try hard enough, because the Cubs are like the United States Government. If the Cubs want to pay the money to get someone they can, because they have the resources. If the United States government wants to get a wanted criminal, they can get him, because they have the resources. Don't be happy when they settle for less. When they throw a one-year make good contract with Magglio Ordonez, don't settle for that, as much as I'd love to stick it to the White Sox. When they make an offer to the white, left-handed version of Sammy Sosa, Jeromy Burnitz, don't be happy that we have a left handed power bat, because you know what he needs to be the left handed power off the bench, not starting everyday. Be mad that we didn't dump Sosa for a bag of balls and use his contract money to sign JD Drew and Carlos Beltran. So Cubs fans, to finish, when the Cubs start the year with closer by committee, remember that they could've answered this problem last offseason by signing Keith Foulke or Ugueth Urbina or this season by outbidding the Tigers for Troy Percival or outbidding the Giants for Armando Benitez. If the Cubs start the season with Jason DuBois and Todd Hollandsworth splitting time in left field, remember that Carlos Beltran, JD Drew, Magglio Ordonez were all available as free agents. And finally, when Sammy Sosa comes out this year and bats .300 with 40 home runs and 100 RBIs, or bats .250 with 30 homeruns and 80 RBIs remember that we all wanted him out. Remember Cubs fans, we deserve the best because after 97 years of waiting for another title, and 60 years for another World Series appearance, remember that WE ARE THE BEST FANS IN THE WORLD! And if we wanted to, we can take care of Tribune Company in a very simple matter.