Originally Posted by M2
Contenders would be:
Red Sox (who seem to view Julio Lugo as a sunk cost)
Blue Jays (now with A.J. Burnett's $13M back in pocket)
White Sox (if they're shedding payroll, they'll surely be adding somebody)
Cardinals (another team that should have some scratch to spend)
Yankees (because they've got money to spend and Furcal might fuel a winter of speculation about whether Jeter will move to CF)
But my guess is it's the Giants. They were rumored to be hot for Furcal and Brian Sabean moves fast.
You seriously consider St. Louis to be a contender? No way does their pitching staff deliver a repeat performance of last year. They're poised to lose Isringhausen, Izturis, LaRue, Looper, Lopez, Mulder, Springer and Villone in free agency. Yes, I'm sure they'll bring in multiple FA signings and maybe retain some of their old players, but until we know who...how can anyone consider them contenders? Bottom half of the division is more like it IMO. They played above their heads last year and still ended up 11 games out.
~edit~ Oh crap. I just realized you meant contender for landing him...not contender in general. Okay, forget all that I just typed. :O) Hell, I'm still half asleep.