DENVER -- The aftershock of the trade that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers could be felt in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse on Saturday afternoon. Even stand-up guys such as Ryan Dempster wouldn't talk to the media about the team's failed season that led to the veterans getting moved at the trading deadline.
I asked Lilly before he departed for the West Coast for his perspective on what happened to the Cubs this season.
"We as players didn't perform," Lilly said. "I felt like the front office and the organization put the players on the field. We had talent to win. You take into consideration that the game is challenging and there is some competition out there. On top of that, we didn't perform to our potential. I'm certainly of the mindset that it's up the players to get it done on the field, and we weren't able to do that."
Theriot, who has spent his entire career in the Cubs organization, wouldn't use the excuse that moving to second base when Starlin Castro was promoted to play shortstop in early May has affected his game.
"I don't think it was the move but how the season played out," Theriot said. "The Cubs are a proud organization, one that sets themselves up to win. Nobody was happy with what was happening [with their season]. But going from short to second I don't think had too much bearing on it."
Theriot was asked to chime in on what he felt had happened to a once promising season for the Cubs.
"I don't know. We didn't win games," Theriot said. "As you know, we lost a lot of close games. With the young guys that came up, they did a wonderful job. It's always tough when you have a group of young guys. We went through that in 2006, and I think you saw what happened in '07 and '08 [division titles]. So there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Guys are getting a ton of experience with Starlin, [Andrew Cashner] and Tyler [Colvin], they are going to be primed for the big time the next couple of years."
The building blocks continue for the Cubs. Expect more promotions from Triple-A Iowa the rest of the season. Right-handed pitcher Thomas Diamond makes his debut in the rotation on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.