I caught MacPhail on the radio and it sounded like, besides looking for a little more depth in the bench and AAA (the always entertaining fifth outfielder questions and the passionate "11 pitchers and 14 batters or 12 pitchers and 13 batters" arguement.)
Up here in New England, we get all the Red Sox games. Stynes is a pretty good hitter, but a pretty weak defender. In 460 major league games, he has played 2 at shortstop. He is never going to be confused with a shortstop. He is a 2B/3B. You're stuck with Augie, methinks.
He's Rolie Polie Olie - and in his world of curves and curls, he's the swellest kid around.
Having been a Cub fan all of my 36 years, I have to say I like what the Cubs are doing, for once! It seems they have a good veteran lineup that wil allow them to break in 1-2 of their top prospects each year. This year it will be Patterson and maybe Bobby Hill later in the season. Late this year or next, Mark Prior and Ben Christensen, the year after that Luiz Montanez (SS, and the reason we only need Gonzalez 3 years or so) and David Kelton (maybe, he is marginal).
As far as the Mark Grace debate, I think he was a great player for what he was, a high average clutch hitter and gold glove fielder. He also seems to be a great guy to have in the clubhouse (I live in Phoenix now and he certainly helped the chemistry of the Diamondbacks). If you expect your first basemen to hit a lot of homers, you probably didn't like him, but his OPS were always in the high .800 in his peak years, and we had Sandberg as the power hitter at second, so they basically switched roles.
Helton's home/away splits for 2000. A great year either way you look at it, but not better away than at home. The away batting average IS .353, but his runs and RBI's are WAY down from the home stats. For some more fun, check out his 1999 splits. Ouch....