Bagwell is a fixture in Houston. They'd move the franchise before they move him,
so he's not going anywhere. Ward is not an Ofer and will likely be packaged in a
deal for ... Randy Johnson????
Note that Brogna's contract is up in 1999. My guess is that the Phillies will see
how Burrell does in the minors and give him a September shot to see if they have
something (Cards did that with Drew). If Burrell showcases well, he's the
starting 1b for the Phillies in 2000 and Brogna goes elsewhere. If he doesn't
showcase well, Brogna gets a year's extension and Burrell tries his hand at AAA.
> I doubt Burrell will be in Philly before September at the earliset, but could
> contend for the 1B job in 2000 if he continues to progress this year. My HUNCH
> is that Daryl Ward will wind up as part of a package for a pitcher at
> mid-season as the Astros try to add another arm for a late season run. Ward is
> blocked at 1B and LF and even if Derek Bell gets traded as rumored (allowing
> Alou to move to RF), he has fellow prospect Lance Berkman who is rated higher
> than he.