Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
You know the Giants, Phils, and Rangers have cash enough to afford some combination of the three top CF. That's Hamilton (A Phillie, IMO), Bourn (Giant), and Pagan (Rangers).
I don't think Texas will be willing to send any pitching to Colorado, Philadelphia has little in the minor league pipeline, and San Francisco is a division rival.
The Brewers are next and need a leadoff hitter. They have some coin, but no pitching. None. So Victorino, IMO, makes the most sense.
The Rays do have pitching, but little capability to spend money. Nor willingness. They also have Desmond Jennings, Lars Anderson, and a couple more minor leaguers they seem to like. There's always Ben Zobrist too-- though he's going to apparently go back to SS this season. (Which I love.) They might find Nyjer Morgan a good fit as a backup bench bat and part-timer CF. (That's the Ray MO.)
That leaves the Reds in the Fowler catbird seat, I'd wager. Well, it's him or Coco Crisp. Crisp would be far cheaper in terms of prospect cost, but Fowler's a really nice secondary player. (Or at least he might be.)
That's a decent breakdown of things. I have Bourn ticketed for Philly, Victorino for the Giants and the Giants giving their CF job to Leonys Martin, but that's here nor there.
My guess is at the winter meetings Jocketty sounds out Beane on Coco Crisp, finds out if he can get Morgan at a bargain price, and then plays hardball with the Rox - essentially telling O'Dowd he's leaving Nashville with a CF regardless of whether it's Fowler.