Re: Are we really out of trading chips?
Very good question and a nice way of hopefully sparking a good conversation. I've said for a while that I thought a number of players could be on the market. It's doubtful any of our players by themselves would bring what we need, but some combination could be put together without raiding the cookie jar.
I think one or the other of Freel/Deno could be part of a trade. I still think Cormier will go before spring is over and I believe that is why the Reds agreed to buy his option (I think that was how it went), eliminating his 10/5 rights. And even though WK talks about carrying three catchers again, I would not be surprised to see one of our catching corps go.
Until Milton's recovery from surgery is known, I would think he won't go, but then again, who knows in this whacky market. Probably he stays until he shows he's healthy (which could mean he plays out his contract here).
Any number of other assorted players could made available. The Rule 5 pitcher from the A's could be traded with the acquiring team taking on the requirement to hold him on their roster for the year. Same could happen with Hamilton too.
I think you're right that we still have some chips.