It appears that the Corey Patterson leadoff experiment is a failure. Our other candidates, Freel and Hopper, have some limitations that really don't make them ideal leadoff hitters. A player like Keppenger could lead off but Dusty likes guys with speed at the top of the lineup and he doesn't possess the speed those other three players do. Jay Bruce may be able to do it short term but long term, he's a middle of the lineup hitter.

So who can fill the bill? Since Dusty's the manager, having a very good OBP isn't enough if you can't run. I'm thinking it has to be someone from outside the organization who is probably an OFer - preferably a CFer. If it is someone outside the organization, what would it take to get him?