Re: Blanton & Street: Would you?
Ok, so let me pretend for a minute that Billy Beane would accept Cueto, Votto, Bailey, and then probably a collection of guys like Stubbs, Wood and I'm sure we'd have to throw something else their way since it's Billy Beane we're dealing with, afterall.
The Reds would get Joe Blanton and Houston Street.
Combined with other off-season moves, the Reds go from having no closer to having 2 closers, and the rotation goes from Harang/Arroyo/Belisle/?/? to Harang/Arroyo/Blanton/Volquez/? . From a pitching standpoint, it's an absolutely tremendous upgrade. From an offensive standpoint, losing Votto will hurt us, as Hatteberg then goes from maybe platoon back to stop-gap, with nothing remotely ready behind him. My only hope is that one of Dunn or Griffey would be the heir apparent @ 1B for 2009, and maybe even transitioning to the position in 2008. I think it's safe to say that Bruce will be 100% ready by 2009, and hopefully he'll see between 90-100 games in 2008. Trading Votto in a package that would net Blanton and Street would immediately force us to upgrade Norris Hopper and Ryan Freel, as neither of them are long-term positive solutions in the OF, and neither of them are honestly good short-term positive solutions in the OF either. Given Jocketty's propensity to value MLB ready talent rather than MiLB question marks, I think we have enough assets to gain both Blanton and Street, as well as upgrade Hopper and Freel. If those moves are made, then our only lingering question mark is C.
Now, to see what kind of power Jocketty has with us, b/c so far to his credit, Krivsky's held the kids close to his chest in an attempt to nurse them. Breast-feeding's over, this team can win if we, to quote Nirvana, "sell the kids for food".