Here's yet another trade idea, although the impact of this one might not be felt this year.
Today the Marlins traded Mike Jacobs to the Royals in return for Leo Nunez, who for some odd reason Fox Sports considers an elite reliever. A fanpost went up earlier today discussing how that deal could affect the Cubs from a Marlins perspective. I'm going to look at it from a Royals perspective. After reading that insane post about acquiring Nick Markakis, I went over to Camden Chat to see what was going on ever there and found a discussion centered around a name I didn't expect to see, Billy Butler. Apparently, with the Royals having acquired Mike Jacobs they now see Butler, who Royals management has soured on, as expendable. The source for that rumor is not a real good one, but here it is. http://www.ranyontheroyals.com/2008/10/memo-to-dmgm-wtf.html
ESPN's Keith Law doesn't think it will take much to get him, only a couple of mid-level prospects. Let me make this clear: I am not advocating having Butler begin next season as our starting first baseman, but he could be two years down the road, and sooner if things go really well for him. Butler is only twenty two years old but has already shown the ability to hit major league pitching. Back in 2007, over 350ish AB's, he displayed the ability to hit major league pitching. He doesn't project to be a huge home run hitter, rather a 20-30 home run hitter with lots of doubles. He took a small step back this year, but he's still very, very young and was playing for an organization that doesn't like him. The problem with Butler is that he is not a good defensive player, but that can be fixed with time in the minor leagues. All in all, Butler seems to be a high upside player that can be acquired for a price that a player with his talent shouldn't be. I think the Cubs should go for him. What this does for the Cubs is allow them to not have to look for a long term solution at first base this off-season, rather a solid player who can hold down the position for another year or so until Butler is ready. Let me know what you guys think.