They could have been very competitive, and yes. That's not literally saying there was no reason to rebuild.Aren't you on the bandwagon, though, that the Cubs could have made moves last offseason to be marginally competitive?
I also said that once they took the direction they did I had little problem with it. My problem lies in supporting the idea that losing for multiple years for the sake of draft picks and prospects is the way to do this.
Hoyer has spoken about how they took this year to evaluate the talent in the organization that they currently have. I don't think this requires multiple years of inactivity and losing.I think some people here are giving no credence to the idea of seeing what you've got before you spend a bunch of money.
I do think you are correct that, deep down, most knew that Pujols/Fielder would not be a good idea. Not on a 9 and 10 year deal, even as extraordinarily good as both of them are.