Cubs should look for third basemen.
Replace Aramis, of course not, but I may be on to something here so stick with me. I say this as I look over available players and compare them to what the Cubs need. What the Cubs need are players to man center and left hopefully hitting leadoff but if you look out at the market there are very few decent players at those positions to be had this year. So what I suggest is taking players from third base and sticking them in both spots.
The two players I am targeting in this idea are Brandon Inge (299/384/464) and Morgan Ensberg (276/375/559). Brandon Inge has played 20 games in center and done a half decent job out there, additonally he is a leadoff hitter with a stunning OBP. I would love to put Todd Walker up in the top spot but the chance of that happening with Dusty on the bench are slim, Brandon solves that problem. Morgan is simply a player that would be a large upgrade in LF, although I don't think he has ever played out there it is not as if we are replacing Mike Cameron. If these trades did go through the Cubs lineup would look like this:
Inge CF (299/384/464) Right
Walker 2b (319/370/491) Left
Lee 1b (385/461/717) Right
Burnitz RF (276/332/483) Left
Ramirez 3b (296/357/555) Right
Ensberg LF (276/375/559) Right
Barrett C (265/302/455) Right
Perez SS (275/300/394) Switch
Now that is what I call a lineup. This would push Holly, Dubois, C-Patt to the bench (if they are not traded). Look at those OBPs at the top of the linup, and the SLG behind it. Perez may or may not be replaced with Nomar, or Cedeno but in the 8 hole he won't kill us as badly. These deals may not work out because neither has a huge salary that needs to be traded so both are going to take some real prospects in order to pull off and I think both teams still have delutions of contention so they may not be willing to deal until the deadline. But damn! look at that linup.