CubsFan7724 wrote:They exercised Walkers option, so he'll be at 2nd. I'd probably put the order, if they got Furcal and Giles, at
I'd say that signing both Furcal and Giles is a better than 70% probability. I say that b/c the Cubs have to sign either Damon or Furcal b/c its too early to just hand over the leadoff spot to Cedeno. Signing Nomar to play short is unlikely, even if he's cheap b/c he is a liability in the sense that if he goes down again, no matter how little we're paying him, it still does us no good if we're trying to win a WS. That leaves Furcal as the only serious option at SS. With him to lead off, we don't need Damon for the price and duration of contract Boras will want. Giles is just a natural fit in RF and the Cubs have the Sosa money to spend and the White Sox WS hanging over their heads to spend more, along wih the new revenues from the bleacher add-on next year. Money is not an issue. As depressing as it sounds, the Cubs starting CF will be Patterson, which works out OK in the sense that he has been least bad in the 7th spot, which is the only open spot in my projected lineup. An OF of Murton, Nomar, and Giles is way too big of a defensive liability.