One thing that strikes me about the entire rumor thread, is that there has not been one mention of the Reds, acquiring a nearly ready pitcher with options, in any of the trade rumors. After Cingrani, who is likely one of the starting 5, the Reds are going to be leaning on Corcino to be the 6th guy. Yikes! Who is the seventh? Sharky?
I think Reynolds could be back, and there are trade options, like the one that brought over Todd Redmond.
Also, as was pointed out, Stephenson is coming quick. If he has his control in AA like it was in Dayton and Bakersfield he could be ready by May or June.
I'd love to see ANY deal with the Rangers bring back Gentry. The guy doesn't seem to be in their OF picture, and gets on base at a high clip. He'd make a good platoon/backup for Hamilton, or could play LF with BHam in CF.
Bailey for Kinsler and Gentry
Phillips to the Yankees (if they don't re-sign Cano) for Ivan Nova?
The second wildcard has relieved some of the pressure.
Let's say we do a radical makeover and trade Phillips,Homer, and Chapman for some younger talent. That could also torpedo 2014. I'm more worried about a team like the Nats, Giants, or Diamondbacks getting better than I am worried about catching the Pirates or Cards. You're right, we are behind them in talent, but the playoffs are still attainable.
2015 is a lot more sketchy. I want to go all in for 2014.
Another point.. Most people here are somewhat nervous about Billy H being ready offensively for 2014. That's reasonable. But few here seem to question hypothetically replacing Phillips with Profar.. Profar only OPSed 644 last year.
Granted Profar has a huge ceiling, but potentially he's a huge hole in the lineup for 2014, especially if he comes in to replace Phillipls.
I guess to get to the point.. I'd hate to sabotage 2014 for the future. Why end the window a year early by making the wrong trades of Bailey and Phillips.. If they do trade those guys, I hope it's a smart trade.
At some point, the roster will need to be retooled, but no point in accelerating that timeline. I'd rather go for status quo than start the rebuilding process too early.
Stephenson for 6th man
From the non-discussion thread:
Are the Dodgers getting Andrus as a utility infielder? :lol:Quote:
The Rangers and Dodgers discussed trades during the GM Meetings, looking to fill the other team's respective needs in the outfield and infield, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links). The Dodgers had interest in shortstop Elvis Andrus while the Rangers had interest in Matt Kemp, though they were concerned about the $128MM owed to Kemp through 2019 and his recent injury problems. Talks between the two sides didn't go anywhere, Rosenthal said.
Doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, considering Hanley does not want to go to 3rd.
Maybe Andrus is going to play 2b or 3b, despite the fact they signed the Cuban FA?
Slobber-knocker blockbuster time.
According to MLBTR, Blue Jays need SP, 2B, C, and are interested in both Phillips and Hanigan. So, my idea fantasy-style...
Reds trade: Bailey, Phillips, Ludwick, Hanigan
Jays trade: Bautista and Rasmus
Who hangs up?
Money seems to work. Jays open up space for Gose and Sierra, their two OF prospects, while improving the rotation and two premium defensive positions.
Reds get major OF upgrade and can move Hamilton to 2B. Rasmus only signed for 2014 (like Bailey) but Reds could get a cheap veteran bridge to Ervin if Hamilton sticks at 2B and Rasmus won't re-sign. Jocketty drafted Rasmus. Reds could then extend Latos and one of the other pitchers, or re-sign Rasmus if he can repeat 2013 and Ervin is still a ways off. Or they could just make Rasmus a qualifying offer.
Maybe Reds even agree to take on Ricky Romero if Jays pay 80-90% of his remaining salary, if it helps the financial equation. That guy clearly needs a change of scenery, at least.
Stephenson will depend on how he does. If he does great, he'll be knocking at the door in late May. If not, it will take longer.
The Reds have six starters if you include Chapman. They will acquire backup starting pitchers, particularly if they trade somebody like Bailey. I'm sure it's on their shopping list.
What would it take to get Daniel Murphy from the Mets? Anyone like this guy?