I can't see him ending up in Atlanta, even though his brother is there, because he would be the only player they would be able to pick up. I think there is a good chance he could end up with the Cubs or St. Louis. The Angels would also be a good fit if he wants to stay on the West Coast. They have the prospects to deal in return. It should be interesting to see where he ends up.
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 Furcal Giles Lee Ramirez Murtion Walker Garciaparra Barett
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.
Cmon Giles to StLouis.. The only reason I'm hesitant about BG actually playing in StLouis is our pitching situation. Morris is most likely leaving this year, and there's a couple options the Cardinal's need to pick-up (I believe, maybe wrong on this.) So we'll see, but the Redbirds also will be in a new park this year, and have more money to spend than they've ever had before.
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