Originally Posted by M2
I'm not sure they do have much in the way of leverage. Clearly we're talking about two teams congnizant of the fact that they need to rebuild. Not making a deal while you've got hot properties could mean extra years out of the money.
Also, the market will shrink as the winter wears on. Teams will spend blood and treasure elsewhere. Demand is only going to decrease. In fact, the A's, O's, Twins, Giants and Beelzebubbas might all be in competition with each to get a boatload of prospects in return for a pitcher.
Agree completely. The Orioles especially are just as desperate to trade Bedard as the Reds are to acquire a pitcher. All you have to do is read their messageboards and see how much they fear Bedard being on their opening day roster. What good is an ace pitcher if the rest of your team stinks? They have to cash him in for prospects. With Kuroda signing with the Dodgers, that's one big contender out of the mix. The Reds and the Mariners are the only two big guns left out there that have a lot to offer.