Originally Posted by HokieRed
The problem is what you are describing is a very limited number of teams and some pitchers you'd hardly want anyway--Lowry or Correia, for instance. Do you really want to give up Maloney for a cut-above guy like Gorzellany and also send on a bunch of players to strengthen a team in your division? I don't see any advantage in any of the deals proposed; I sure don't want to pay Chavez's salary plus give up a boatload of talent to get Blanton. The problem remains that any middle of the rotation guy good enough to really help us--or practically any other team--is also going to be so valuable to his own team, and so nearly irreplaceable, that they're not going to deal him. I continue to think the best course for the Reds is to stick with the talented young kids we have and perhaps to sign one of the free agents if you can get him on a short contract--no more than 2 years.
I agree that there are only a few teams out there where this package works, but that's true of all trades. Trades occur by taking what you have to sell and matching it to a buyer that has what you need, I think a Blanton, Gorzellany or Correia would help the Reds immediately and are the types of pitchers that could be mid rotation starters for the Reds for many years. I agree that I don't really want Lowry but he would be an upgrade in comparison to what the team has and could probably be flipped for more prospects down the road. Correia is the exact type to target - a number 3 hiding in a number 5 role that could be had without selling the farm. If the Reds could get Correia and Sanchez for that package while hanging on to Bailey and Cueto, the pitching in Cincy would be set-up for years. I prefer that route to a one or two year rental. I also want to keep the kids. The idea is to get some guys who are undervalued who can be added to what the team already has. If it doesn't happen then sure sign Leiber to a two year deal and flip him for more prospects when the kids are ready. But signing Leiber won't get the Reds in the play-offs in 2008. It does allow Bailey and Cueto to stay in AAA and finish thier development.