As numerous folks attempt to "predict" or at least speculate about the Cubs' "gaping hole" in CF, I suggest that Jim Hendry take a good look at the Phillies' Aaron Rowand.
A hard-nosed, speedy CF with a decent bat, Rowand helped that other team from Chicago win it all in 2005 (sigh).
If Hendry were to offer Jacque Jones, then the Phillies, of course, would have to include another player or other considerations. This could be a great deal for the Cubs.
I am not sure about this, but what if Rowand could move to one of the corner outfield spots once Pie is "ready" for CF? This would make Murton expendable by the trading deadline, which is not such a bad thing. (I know that Murton has a lot of upswing and that many people here at BCB really think he's something special, but a Rowand-Pie-Soriano outfield would be a stellar combo from left to right).
Murton, like Eyre, Marshall, Marmol, Guzman, and a few others, could be used as trade bait on or around July 31, 2007.
Rowand just avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal, but he would be a free agent after this season. If a trade were considered, then Hendry and company would need to lock Rowand up to a long-term deal.
Of course, we first have to sign Zambrano to a six-year deal worth about $120 million, right?