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Spiegel: Dempster Forcing Cubs To Go Dumpster Diving

Starter Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Starter Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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By Matt Spiegel

With every passing game, every meaningless start, and with each day of inactivity, the Cubs’ future has been damaged.

It’s rare for an organization to have the clarity this 2012 season has embodied. Win later. Play the games — competing and selling tickets would be a bonus — but set things up to really win later.

All but 12 teams in baseball entered the weekend within 6 games of a division or wild-card lead. Rare these days is the ballclub that’s totally out of it, the clear seller able to sit back fielding offer after offer.

So here you are, Cubs fans, having arrived at the first chance since draft day to deeply impact the long-term plan. It’s an opportunity to restock a farm system, hopefully with eventual pitchers of consequence.

How’s it going?

For the rest of Spiegel’s column from the Daily Herald.