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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs

Another losing season calls for serious organizational reconstruction on the North Side

Originally Published: September 11, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Aramis RamirezJeff Hanisch/US PresswireAramis Ramirez is among the Cubs whose futures in Chicago remain unclear.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

Today we bid adieu to: the Chicago Cubs, who endured poor defense and another Carlos Zambrano blow-up, and saw its GM get fired. It's time to kiss 'em goodbye.