Cubs want Lowell but are Marlins selling?

Updated: June 16, 2003, 9:31 AM ET
By Jim Baker
Yes, Mike Lowell would look pretty swell in the middle of the Cubs lineup and might be just the thing they need to put them over the top in what is proving to be a very close multi-team race in the National League Central. The question is: are the Marlins even ready to give him up? According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago appears prepared to expand its payroll to accommodate Lowell, he of the 21 homers and .621 slugging average. The Dodgers have also been rumored to have a keen interest in him. The difference between the teams is the Cubs are not quite so desperate for runs as is Los Angeles.

Chicago is currently tenth in the league in runs scored and would like to see that improve so that it better complements their outstanding pitching. The thing of it is, the Marlins have made no official acknowledgement that Lowell -- who is under contract through 2004 -- is available.

Here's a quick report card on the Cubs offense to date. (It's one of those New Age report cards though in that there are no grades assigned.)
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