This is a tenuous connection, but I’ll take what I can get. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson notes that Aaron Rowand seems intrigued by the Nationals’ bright future and center field opening. It’s possible the Nats could be in the mix for Rowand this winter. It could just be a respectability type signing, which I think is what they were trying to accomplish with Dmitri Young and Ron Belliard.
When the White Sox were last in Philadelphia, speculation ran rampant that Rowand could come back to Chicago. He admitted to having a soft spot for the team he came up with. If the Sox are serious about improving center field in ’08, the main candidates seem to be Rowand, Torii Hunter, and Mike Cameron.
Keep in mind that the Phillies could definitely re-sign Rowand. He’s a fan favorite and would be a solid sign at the Eric Byrnes price (three years, $30MM). However, there have been no extension talks yet.