We have seen the projected 2007 lineups below, but what about next year? I am truly excited about what takes place from after the Allstar break and beyond.
I thought I would first address which players I think will go, and who stays in the trade rumblings that are heating up.
Catcher (Hall,Cash) : stays
1B (Lee,Perez) : Lee gone, Perez possible
2B (Green) : stays
SS (Lugo,Gonzalez) : Lugo gone
3B (Cantu) : stays
LF (Crawford) : stays
CF (Hollins) : stays as backup
RF (Huff/Munson) : Huff gone
DH (Gomes) Stays
SP (Fossum): stays
SP (Kazmir) : stays
SP (Hendrickson) : trade possible
SP (McClung) : stays
SP (Nomo): trade possible
RP (Carter): trade possible
RP (Miller): trade possible
RP (Waechter) : stays
RP (Orvella) : stays
RP (Brazelton): goes we hope
RP (Baez) : goes
RP (Harper) : demotion possible
Out of these names, most could be had for Huff, Baez, and Lugo
Huff: Dodgers, Cubs, ?
Baez: Marlins, Mets, Arizona
Lugo: Cubs, Rockies, ?
If there was a logical trading partner for Huff, it has to be the Dodgers. They have one of the most solid array of talent. Cubs might be a good fit as well.
As where these people go, that is unknown. However:
Carlos in mix?
Jackson, out of Cal, is batting .370 with 58 RBIs and a .463 on-base percentage in 75 games. Quentin, out of Stanford, is batting .301 with 14 home runs, 52 RBIs and a .422 on-base percentage in 78 games.
Santos is batting only .238 with a .298 on-base percentage, but he has 11 homers and 50 RBIs.
The scouting excursion doesn't necessarily mean a deal with Arizona is imminent.