Orlando Cabrera to Houston: The Astros desperately need a shortstop and it’s a thin market for shortstops this offseason. Uribe is probably the top of the class but if he doesn’t stay in San Francisco, someone will pay him more than the Astros are willing to.
Juan Uribe to the Cardinals: This one almost makes too much sense to be true. Uribe can play 2B, SS, or 3B; the three weakest spots of the Cardinals. And his ability to move around the infield isn’t the only factor defining him as a La Russa guy. Uribe is smart, he plays hard, and he doesn’t say anything to the media. Looking for a perfect fit? It’s right here.
Felipe Lopez to the Twins: Someone has to play second base with Orlando Hudson almost assuredly leaving. Lopez fits the Twins style and could come at the right price for the wise spenders.
Adam Dunn to the Cubs: Will the Cubs finally make a smart move? Probably not. But I’m going to go out on a limb and predict it anyways. Dunn doesn’t have attitude problems like Milton Bradley, and he’s not coming off an unsustainable year like Marlon Byrd, so I’m not sure Jim Hendry will notice him. Come to think of it, Hendry tends to only sign Texas Rangers outfielders and he always buys high. And Jeff Francoeur is a free agent. Oh, please no…..
Jermaine Dye to the Royals: Kansas City has the best farm system in baseball but their future stars aren’t ready yet. And after trading David DeJesus to the A’s, the Royals need a right fielder. I’m guessing sitting at home for a year has a pretty humbling effect which would mean Jermaine Dye is probably ready to sign a contract. He has a history with this franchise and I wager a guess he can still hit better than most free agents out there.
Carlos Pena to the Rockies: As much as I respect Todd Helton, the Rockies need a first baseman. The Rockies are defensively minded. Enter first baseman and defensive whiz Carlos Pena. One more thing; Pena’s homerun total in Coors Field would be higher than I can count.
Vlad to the White Sox: Kenny Williams is too smart and has too much pride to let the DH spot ruin another season for them. I guarantee he’s heard more than he cares to about Jim Thome. And if you haven’t talked to Andruw Jones, Mark Kotsay, or Manny Ramirez, the White Sox GM likes aging outfielders. And Vlad is a more productive hitter right now than anyone the White Sox could get for his price.
Jeff Francoeur to the Cubs: *See Adam Dunn to the Cubs
Rajai Davis to the Braves: The Braves have a surplus of young pitching prospects and need a leadoff hitter, right handed bat, and outfielder. The A’s have too many outfielders now with David DeJesus, they don’t play Davis everyday, and they love young and cheap pitching. The only way this deal doesn’t get done is if Atlanta GM decides to stick with the plan of adding power. Which wouldn’t upset Braves fans in the least.
Ryne Sandberg hired as Tony La Russa’s understudy: This isn’t one I so much predict happening as I do hope for. How awesome would it be to see Sandberg managing the Cubs’ biggest rival? That’s a storyline people will follow.