Over at Northsidebaseball.com, a Cubs fan started a thread called "Burying the Brewers." He states:
With the Brewers operating at a loss this season monetarily, we have an interesting opportunity to bury this franchise for years to come if we can dominate them in the next season. My understanding is that the Brewers are about 10m in the hole without playoff revenue. In Sabathia, Sheets, and Gagne, they have about 25 mil coming off the books. However, 10m to pay off this years shortfall plus another 10m off to return to a financially feasible payroll gives you a Brewers roster with ~5m to play with and Yovanni Gallardo instead of Sheets and Sabathia. This ignores the talk about picking up Cameron's option, as well. If we can hammer the Brew Crew from the playoffs this season, we may completely remove them from competitive consideration for several years to come. Its worth it to play 110% against them, isn't it?We will have an easier time making the postseason in the future if we can fight only the cards instead of both teams each year. Would you start all your horses to try and kill them off?
I'm not sure if he's completely right on his numbers, but it raises some interesting questions. Obviously, I see nothing wrong with the Cubs bringing out all of their big guns on us when they come up to Miller Park this weekend. But what if they forfeited, or "took a dive" in their series against the Mets? Is there anything preventing them from doing so? It wouldn't be for gambling reasons like the Black Sox, but it would be for financial reasons, as the poster notes. What do you guys think?
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