The misery that was the 2011 Chicago Cubs has come to an end. The Cubs really weren't expected to do much this season and they even played worse than that. There will sure be a ton of changes on the North Side this offseason. Here is who I think will be back and who will be gone in my 2011 Chicago Cubs Season Wrap Up.
Mike Quade- Mike Quade seems like a great guy, but I think his days of managing are over. Most of his staff will probably follow him out of the door as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Rudy Jaramillo was back, but that will all depend on who the new manager is. Quade does seem like a good baseball man so wouldn't be shocked to see him join another club as a bench coach or base coach.
Andrew Cashner- Assuming is 100% healthy will be a key member of the Cubs rotation.
Casey Coleman- Struggled this season. Will get a look in Sprng training. Possible candidate for long reliever.
Ryan Dempster- I assume he'll be back as a top of the rotation option.
Matt Garza- Ace of the 2012 Cubs.
John Grabow- Probably done with the Cubs.
Rodrigo Lopez- Probably done with the Cubs.
Carlos Marmol- I would guess he will get the chance to close again in 2012. However if he gets off to a slow start he will be removed from that role.
Sean Marshall- Will be back as a late inning set up man.
Ramon Ortiz- Probably done with the Cubs.
James Russell- Won't be a starter, but could hang on as a middle inning reliever.
Jeff Samardzija- Will be back as a set up man.
Randy Wells- Probably saved his spot in the rotation thanks to a better second half.
Kerry Wood- I think he will be back but in the front office not as a player.
Carlos Zambrano- Steve Bartman is more likely to manage the Cubs than Big Z is likely to return.
Geovany Soto- Should be the starting catcher again. However wouldn't be shocked to see him traded so that they could make prospect Welington Castillo the starting catcher.
Koyie Hill- Decent backup and could return in that role since he isn't expensive.
Jeff Baker- Great guy off the bench who can play anywhere. I'm sure the Cubs would love to have him back.
Darwin Barney- Starting 2B in 2012.
Starlin Castro- Starting SS for the next several years.
Blake DeWitt- Probably done with Cubs.
Bryan LaHair- Great chance of making the 2012 roster.
Carlos Pena- Probably done with the Cubs.
Aramis Ramirez- Probably done with the Cubs.
Marlon Byrd- Will be back starting in CF next season.
Tony Campana- Doesn't look like he will ever be a regular, but is a deadly pinch runner. Not sure if they want to use a roster spot up on a pinch runner. Probably will bounce around from Iowa to Wrigley most of the year.
Tyler Colvin- Will probably be back and similar to Campana will move from Iowa to Wrigley a few times throughout the season.
Reed Johnson- Nice guy to have off the bench and in the clubhouse. Reed is getting up there in age so may want to try to land with a contender so he has a chance at a ring. If no offers the Cubs I'm sure would love to have him back.
Alfonson Soriano- Still has a few years left on that horrible contract so unfortunately will be back.
The Cubs will probably make some moves via free agency and trades this offseason. I'd be surprised if they landed Fielder or Pujols because they have such a high payroll as it is. 2012 figures to still be a rebuilding year for the Cubs. First priority will need to be getting a General Manager and then a new manager and go from there. Much like the South Side, this will be a very busy winter on the North Side.