Re: Dodgers, Orioles discussing trade for Eric Bedard
Tampa Bay isn't going to trade Kazmir to bring Hamilton back to the Rays in any kind of package. I would be astounded if they did. Remember; Krivsky picked up Hamilton at this time last year as a rule 5 player from Tampa. Kazmir won't be coming to the Reds with Hamilton as the centerpiece of the deal.
I don't trade Bruce and Votto period. Their salaries gives the Reds way too much payroll flexability to part with them. Same goes for Hamilton, Bailey, Cueto and maybe Maloney. Ideally the Reds trade high payroll $$$ for the same kind of contract or less with each player being relatively equal in performance value. Keeping these young stars could have the Reds set for a decade or longer. Try and trade these guys on the Reds that haven't been a part of a winner since they have been here such as: Griffey (If he consents-> 10/5 man), Freel, Encarnacion(In a Bedard or Kazmir type deal only), Hatteberg, Belisle, Gonzalez,
Ross, Coffey. If Hamilton must go to get a young,stud pitcher, well, I can accept that.
Under no circumstances do I trade Phillips, Dunn (unless Dunn won't sign long-term), Burton, Weathers (he has earned it and deserves to be part of this team winning) Harang, Arroyo and Cantu because we need Jorge's righthanded bat and a nice backup to Votto at first. And I don't trade the young guys mentioned just above. I know this makes trading difficult but the Reds have lots of talent to trade and other GM's know it. Let's hope they don't try to pull a "Jim Bowden" on Krivsky at the Winter Meetings.