(Daily Herald): "Baker is in favor of adding a leadoff hitter, something the Cubs have sorely lacked since Kenny Lofton was let go following the 2003 playoffs."
It is too bad the Cubs brass and perhaps even Dusty himself showed no interest in the likes of Randy Winn. In fact ,as I remember, the `Monday morning GM's' at BCB had mentioned him during the `get another outfielder discussions" but with even less interest..
As the following from the San Francisco Chronicle shows -`looks like another one got away':
After searching the deserts, the seas, the mountains and the valleys for a leadoff hitter, Felipe Alou finally got one. In his seven weeks with the Giants, Winn has been everything they needed atop the order. A career .284 hitter entering 2005, he has hit .345 with 11 home runs (in 177 at-bats), and has seven steals and a .380 on-base percentage since he arrived in a deadline deal with Seattle.
Barring something nutty, Winn will return in 2006. His contract includes an option the Giants plan to exercise for $5 million, but there also is an excellent chance they will ask Winn to scrap that and replace it with a long-term contract
Felipe Alou also believes Winn will emerge as a leader, saying, "I'm really inspired by the person. He is ready every day. He doesn't say very much, but he is a very intense player in the ballgame. He's really had a big impact here."
Well, at least Matt Murton is playing every day now and will be a vet in Dusty's books for next season.And Matt Lawton is doing his thing with the Yankees.