Originally Posted by HokieRed
Doug, I'm not down on EE, Maloney, or Stubbs. I like all three. I just think there are actually very few teams that are going to trade a middle of the rotation starter, especially before the season, because starting pitching is so expensive relative to other values in the current market. For example, Seattle just signed a middle of the rotation starter in Silva--are they going to send him to us for EE, Maloney, and Stubbs? That looks like fair value, but for the Mariners to do that--or any team in a similar situation--is to say to their fans, "forget this year." Most fans--I'm the exception here--are pretty frantic to win right now; we've got a whole lost of posters on these boards who are willing to give away a great deal of value--way too much,in my opinion--for Erik Bedard. Why? Because they want some believable chance to win this year. Almost every team has to persuade their fans they can compete, and it's very hard to do so by giving up anybody from your rotation. Case in point: the Reds just had to give up a very promising young player, possible all-star centerfielder, for a guy who's done almost nothing to establish himself as any kind of major league starter. I happen to like that deal for the Reds, but what it illustrates is the tremendously high price a team has to pay for starting pitching.
Seattle wouldn't of course, There are buyers and sellers and you can't confuse what it would take to get a buyer's guy versus a seller's guy.
EdE is a player who may not be an MVP candidate but can be a cornerstone bat at position in the middle of the defensive spectrum. That is pretty valuable. Maloney is a potential back of the rotation starter. Stubbs is a highly rated, toolsy OF with plate discipline to boot. A team looking to dump a guy and begin the rebuild might be interested in that. Maybe you need to add a Lutz, A Valaika, a Pelland or a Francisco etc.
It won't get you Bedard, Santana or Haren (though Haren didn't go for much more IMO) but they aren't the only pitchers out there.
The Giants would probably be interested. You wouldn''t get Lincecum or Cain, but you could probably get Lowry or more preferably IMO Kevin Correia plus something (Sanchez??). It may get you in the conversation on Joe Blanton. A team like Pittsburgh might give-up a Gorzellany for a cut below replacement like Maloney and an infusion of talent at other spots.
You may need to take on a contract to make it happen. Maybe you get a Giants pitcher if you take Ray Durham. You could probably pay less for Blanton if you would take Chavez. I just think there are other ways to aquire a pitcher to stabilize the rotation without tearing down what took 20 years to rebuild.