Center field is an obvious void this off season. Conveniently, there is also a dying need for a speedy high average "slap hitting" leadoff hitter. Something the team has been searching for years to acquire (remember the Juan Pierre days) how would that pan out now? From Dusty Baker to Lou Pinella, the leadoff carousel has been spinning.
To bad Soriano didn't pan out.
This leads me to a glaring issue:
The majority of the Major Leauge talent that has been acquired recently has seemed to have already peaked. One time superstar hopefuls are now heading in to the twilight of their careers. So let us look to some younger "blossoming" superstars to fill these voids.
Look outside the box this year Jim Hendry. Start thinking of moving some serious players. Carlos Zambrano has to be worth more now than ever right? How about Aramis Ramirez? He opted not to have shoulder surgery this offseason, how will that pan out? My personal opinion is that Derek Lee has to go and this is the only year in which maximum return value would be given. After a slumping previous 2 years (albeit due to wrist injury) he somehow had a resurgent "renaissance" season. Trade him. Now. This once promising trio of players have not been able to get it done, regardless of the talent that they have been surrounded by.
Look to Boston who now has enough center fielders to field an army of speedsters. Also an organization in need of a 3B if this Lowell deal goes through. Also an organization with a wealth of actual young SP talent too. Oh yeah, and a team that will seemingly try and trade their young speedster center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
That could work out well. Aim high and think outside the box. Plenty of promising options are out there Chicago Cubs.