RHP Ryan Dempster, who had nine losses and nine blown saves in 2006, received a vote of confidence from general manager Jim Hendry.
"A big part of me feels that Demp will come back and be better. I'm not convinced he won't bounce back," Hendry said.
RHP Bob Howry figures to be the top candidate to take the closer's role if Ryan Dempster doesn't rebound next year from a nightmarish 2006 season (nine blown saves and nine losses).
General manager Jim Hendry said he is not looking to "add on" to his bullpen this offseason, and if Dempster continues to struggle, the Cubs will have to search internally for a candidate.
INF Ryan Theriot, who hit .328 in 53 games, has likely at least secured a spot on the 25-man roster for next year. Will it be as a starter? He could battle Ronny Cedeno for the starting second base job unless the Cubs acquire a veteran with power at that spot.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was one of seven coaches whom the Cubs temporarily let go on Oct. 4. All coaches are welcome to apply for their jobs when the Cubs pick a new manager. Rothschild, who has been the pitching coach since 2002, has a good shot at being asked back if the Cubs pick Lou Piniella as their manager. The two worked together in Cincinnati and won a World Series.
RHP Michael Wuertz, who received a demotion early in the season, quietly put together a solid season in middle relief. He had a 3-1 record, and his 2.66 ERA in 41 appearances was best on the staff among pitchers with significant playing time.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- Ex-Cubs managers who have gotten work as major league managers since Lee Elia left in 1983.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not a good situation for me. I don't feel good about it. I don't take any solace in that they are leaving and I'm staying." -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry who watched his boss, Andy MacPhail, resign as team president on Oct. 1 and then did not renew manager Dusty Baker's contract the next day.