I guess this is going to amount to some sort of psychology experiment for me, but I wanted to pose a question and see how people answer it.
Let's assume that we hadn't signed Jacque Jones yet, and Eric Byrnes had all ready become a free agent. Out of the two of them, which would you sign to be the Cubs right fielder in 2006? Why would you pick one over the other? Or would you pick a different outfielder? (Please choose only from free agents, and avoid the impulse to devise trades, no matter how much sense they make or how bad you want to.)
Would you go for Jones because he hits left handed, or would you go for Byrnes because...well, he's not Jones?
Jones had posted pretty good numbers up until a couple of years ago, when he started to decline. He's 30, he plays good defense, and he seems determined to improve.
Byrnes is coming off a forgettable year, but in 2004 he hit something like .283 with 20 HRs, and stole around 20 bases. He also plays good d, but he'd be another right-handed bat in a lineup that's all ready overwhelmingly right handed. I'm not sure how old he is, but he's still fairly young. Both Byrnes and Jones seem to be good club-house guys.
In picking between these two, a consideration is that they contract you sign them to is the same as they received/should receive in reality (so if you sign Jones, you're signing him for about $5 mil per over 3 years). Once a few people respond, I may toss out something if I see a common denominator between answers.