Go read it.
one of those evaluators made the argument that DeRosa may have been the Cubs' best player last season
First, that's hard to back-up. I think Geovany Soto was the best player. DeRosa was very good, and highly valuable on the 2008 club. To assume he'll have the same value in 2009, and another career year, is dubious.
the same evaluators say none of the pitchers is a Grade A prospect.
So? How many A prospects does each organization have? C prospects can help a team, if you cast a wide enough net.
The Cubs could've kept DeRosa and re-signed Jim Edmonds
First, Edmonds was not worth keeping. Take the good year and be happy. Second, he may retire. Third, DeRosa was one of the few pieces Hendry had that he could move. Keeping Edmonds and DeRosa would've just tied him up more.
could've re-signed Edmonds and used the extra money to finish the proposed deal with the Padres for Jake Peavy
The money needs to be approved by an owner to be named later. Towers also wanted the entire farm system and half the roster. This didn't come down to money alone.
Bradley is a fine hitter who is coming off an excellent offensive season
Ignore the defense and base-running, why doncha?
I'll let someone else back this up with WAR and what not.