Originally Posted by RedLegSuperStar
I'd love to get Bedard... but if not i'd sign the following:
Josh Towers and Mark Prior
and then look to make a deal with either Cliff Lee or Chris Capuano.
This allows you to keep most of your prospects and a rotation of:
(Belisle would then be moved to pen if not in rotation)
And have Prior around June or July.
Belisle will be in the rotation no matter what. He is primed to have a breakout season. I wouldn't mind signing Prior and Towers and trading for Capuano (who I would much prefer to Lee), particularly if Haren and Bedard are just too expensive. However, I do believe Krivsky will get either Haren or Bedard, because when he really gets determined to acquire something, (in this case a top shelf pitcher), he usually does it- even if he has to overpay. I'm just hoping he doesn't overpay by too much.
If I'm Wayne, I first offer Milwaukee a package of Stubbs, Freel, and Coffey for Chris Capuano. If they turn it down, I see what they'd want in return, and strongly consider it. Then, I offer one from each of the following groups for both Haren and Bedard, and see which GM bites first.
Group A: Bailey or Cueto
Group B: Hamilton or Votto
Group C: Any minor leaguer not named Frazier, Maloney, Wood, Stubbs, or anyone from Groups A or B.
If he gets Capuano and either Haren or Bedard, the Reds are set heading into next year. If one of the above deals doesn't work out, I wouldn't mind them signing Josh Towers and/or Mark Prior to fill out the rotation. I also wouldn't mind them taking a flier on Kevin Mench as a 1B platoon guy, but won't cry if they don't. Keppinger would be adequete in that role.
Either way, you have one of the following three rotations:
I'd be very content heading into 2008 with any of those 3 rotations.
Please take my advice Wayne.