So this is what it has come down to. The success of Jim Hendry's 2005-6 offseason comes down to whether or not he can sign the Atlanta Braves shortstop. Although all signs point to Furcal signing with the Northsiders, there will be other teams including the Mets interested in signing the strong-armed Furcal.
Despite his drinking issues, Furcal fits. He can leadoff and play a decent short. Furcal fits so well that something probably will go wrong. This is the Cubs.
Still Hendry's gonna have to have a plan B. Let's say Furcal signs with the Mets or somebody besides the Cubs. What will the Cubs do? They'll still have holes at SS and leadoff. Neifi Perez does not fill either of these roles.
If the Cubs miss out on Furcal Hendry will be in the trade market very quickly. Cedeno will probably get his shot at SS and the Cubs will trade for an outfielder that can leadoff. This isn't the option that many of us like to consider ,but I'd say there is a good chance that this will happen.