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Looking for a Solution.

So the second half is under way and the Cubs are off to a so so start. A four (4) game sweep of the terrible Washington Nationals, but they where brought back to reality dropping two (2) out of three (3) to the East division leading Philadelphia Phillies. Now the trading deadline is approaching and the Cubs have an issue to deal with. They need a lead off man. Fukodome has tried to fill in at the top of the order, but there are better places for him to hit in the line up. Theriot is a candidate to lead off, but he looks more like a number two (2) hitter. So you might have to go outside the organization to get a lead off man. With the money you have committed to Soriano, Bradley and Fukodome you can't really go out and get and outfielder who can fill the lead of spot; unless you could include one (1) of those three (3) in the trade and I just don't see another team taking on one (1) of those contracts. With Soto out a catcher might not be a bad pick up, but besides Jason Kendall are there any catchers capable of being a lead off hitter. So that leaves us with trying to get a second baseman who can lead off. I think Mike Fontenot has proved this season that he's not an everyday player. The rumors have been out there about the Cubs being interested in Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez, but he's not really a lead off hitter. There is of course still one solution; Brian Roberts. Yes I know we've been down this path a time or two, but he's the answer. I second baseman who can hit lead off. Baltimore is out of the race and should be looking to make so moves at the trade dead line. I guess the biggest hang up is; what you'd be willing to give up to get him? What would be too much?

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