A post-season performance like the Cubs' is enough to inspire even level-headed fans to call for wholesale personnel changes before Spring Training 2009. But the fact is that Lee, Zambrano, Ramirez, Soriano et al, are making too much money and locked into too-long contracts to afford Cubs GM Jim Hendry much decision-making flexibility (as if he would consider moving any of the aforementioned anyway).

That said, the game on Saturday or Sunday or whenever the Cubs decide to end this historic choke job could well mark the final appearance in a Chicago uniform for some or all of the following players whose contracts are expiring:

  • Jim Edmonds (2-for-7 with 1 double, 1 RBI in NLDS)
  • Ryan Dempster (0-1, 7.71)
  • Kerry Wood (1 R, 2 H, but 0 ER in 1 IP)
  • Bob Howry (has not played)
  • Henry Blanco (has not played)
  • Chad Gaudin (ineligible)
  • Reed Johnson (has not played)
  • Daryle Ward (0-for-2)
  • Neal Cotts (0 ER in .2 IP)
(Contract information from Cot's Baseball Contracts)


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