I like to hit the homerun
Something occurred to me last night, as I was watching Bobby Abreu put new dents into the ozone. I was sitting there, thinking "gee, wouldn't it be nice if the Cubs had a guy like that?"
To be honest, I've always liked Abreu. I have no real reason why, except that for some reason, he's always reminded me of Andre Dawson. Except he's better than the Hawk. In fact, he is very quietly building a Hall of Fame-type career. At 31, Abreu has averaged 24 homers, 96 RBI, and more impressive, 109 walks and 31 steals for the past six seasons. Not game-breaking, but very consistant. If he does that for another eight or nine years, he'll finish up with around 400 homers, 400+ steals, and a Bonds-load of walks.
Anyway, Abreu is just one good outfielder. There are other good outfielders out there, available, and wanting to come to Chicago. Or, so I imagine. I know that if I was a talented outfielder, I'd rather play at Wrigley Field than anywhere. But I'm biased.
I stumbled across a Pittsburgh Pirates message board yesterday. I was looking to see if there were any rumors surrounding Craig Wilson, their Thor-like left fielder who draws walks and hits bombs with regularity. I was astonished to find that Pirates fans, at least, are very interested in Corey Patterson. Maybe Pirates management is interested, as well.
As for Craig Wilson, rumor has it he wants out of Pittsburgh. (I can actually confirm that rumor, but I digress.) He would be a solid bat in left field, but from what I've read, he might just as well throw his glove at the ball as soon as he'd try to catch it. He's Ted Williams-like out in left.
Meanwhile, the Chicago media is going crazy over the notion of Moises Alou coming back to Chicago. Hey, it could happen, but do you really want it to? Sure, the guy is batting .316 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in 72 games, (and a .409 OBP!), but do you really want the 39-year-old Man of Crumpled Paper to be back in Chicago?
Hell, assuming that he's the absolute last option, why not?
Otherwise, Hendry is going to have to work some magic with one of about six or seven teams. There really aren't many sellers this year. It sort of makes you nostalgic for the old days when you could buy the best player in baseball from the defending World Champions for the price of putting on an opera.
Anyway, I firmly believe that there will be a chance to acquire a player somewhere soon down the line. I'm biased, but I also think the Cubs have more prospects to trade than any other team. We just need to stay patient and hope that the Cubs come out swinging in the second half.
And hey, look at it this way: sure, the Cubs got bitch-slapped by some of the best teams in the NL, but now they get to spend July playing the following teams: Pittsburgh, Cincy, San Fran, Arizona, oh, and the Deadbirds.
I can already hear our opponents grumbling about our unfairly easy second-half schedule.