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2007 MLB Free Agents: Luis Gonzalez

When we last checked in with future free agent left fielder Luis Gonzalez, he'd been informed by the D'Backs that they didn't want him back. 

Now, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has a few interested teams for us:

"Don't feel bad about Luis Gonzalez's Diamondbacks career being over. The Orioles, Tigers, Rangers, and Cubs are already considering him as a DH and/or left fielder for next year."

Word was that Gonzo wanted to stay in the NL, meaning a return to the Cubs might be at the top of the list.  The problem?  The Cubs already have a left fielder, and he's having a fine age 24 season.

Matt Murton:  .294/.359/.438
Luis Gonzalez:  .274/.356/.453

Given that Murton is improving and Gonzalez is on the decline, and that Gonzalez will make significantly more money, the signing wouldn't make much sense. 

If the Cubs really are interested, that should mean one of two things. 

1. They plan on using Murton in center field and letting Juan Pierre go (unlikely but not the worst idea in the world if Murton could somehow pull it off on defense).

2. They are considering trading Murton (possible).

If the Cubs want to make a major trade, say involving Miguel Tejada, Murton could be a coveted player. 

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One other club he would fit in with is the Padres all because he is a line drive hitter. For as many doubles he had this year he would have about 10 to 20 more if he was playing at petco park. He would fit in with the Padres next year, he wants to play in San Diego, but they more than likely let Ben Johnson have a shot at that position if they don't retain Roberts.

*2. They are considering trading Murton (possible)*

They really shouldn't. Pie has stagnated at AAA and trading away a pre-arb position player isn't very smart, especially for a Tejada.

That's what we need, another middle infielder. I thought Cesar Izturis was supposed to be our savior? Our Tejada chance was last offseason. But, alas, Prior is still a Cub.
Tejada to Boston/Anaheim makes more sense, even given Scioscia's comments about his 'presence.' Luis Gonzalez would be an overpriced ineffective addition used to console fans for not getting Lee/Soriano/Zito/Schmidt or any of the other free agents worth over spending.

...I could see Toronto looking into L-Gon.

or ...

3. Jim Hendry is simply stupid....

I don't see it, if anything the Cubs need a CF. I suppose they could try Murton as a CF but if so I'd definately want a better LF than Gonzo... (the current version anyway)

Bonds would be an intriguing possibility but probably too unhealthy to risk. Gary Sheffield will most likely be avalible either as a FA or the Yanks pick him up and make him avalible.

And of course, there is Carlos Lee and/or Alfonso Soriano, while I don't like the prospect of Cubs loading up on even more free swinging hackers like Soriano (that's what Jacque Jones is for...) I suppose it's a possibility.

The Cubs probably should get a decent 2B as well and let Cedeno/Izzy fight for the SS job.

or ...

3. Jim Hendry is simply stupid....

I don't see it, if anything the Cubs need a CF. I suppose they could try Murton as a CF but if so I'd definately want a better LF than Gonzo... (the current version anyway)

Bonds would be an intriguing possibility but probably too unhealthy to risk. Gary Sheffield will most likely be avalible either as a FA or the Yanks pick him up and make him avalible.

And of course, there is Carlos Lee and/or Alfonso Soriano, while I don't like the prospect of Cubs loading up on even more free swinging hackers like Soriano (that's what Jacque Jones is for...) I suppose it's a possibility.

The Cubs probably should get a decent 2B as well and let Cedeno/Izzy fight for the SS job.

TherealErik:

Pie has not stagnated. Update your brain.

.323/.373/.538 during the second half.

He's 21 years old playing AAA. He's well on pace to be ready soon.

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