Re: Russell Martin could be available??
These threads are always interesting if frustrating.
Let's try it this way:
IF Martin were truly made available, what would need to be put together to fetch him? I would assume, if LA were really to do this, they have in-house help in terms of replacing him. They DO need a 2b, and we do have Philliips, so that seems a potential match.
Would Phillips for Martin straight up work? I have no idea. None. But is it such an outlandish idea as to be dismissed outright? I don't think so.
The broader question is who has more value to the Reds, Martin or Phillips? My bias toward wanting a competent backstop for this team, along with it being easier to try and backfill Phillips' numbers at 2b as against how hard it is to find a quality C, makes this sort of framework for a potential hypothetical deal interesting.
IF Martin were to be available, I hope the Reds are aggressive in making inquiries. And I would have no qualms about Phillips being made available as part of those inquiries.
ETA: Just saw Chip's (oops, WOY's) post...if Martin meant having to take Jones or Pierre, that makes it less interesting.
Last edited by membengal; 10-20-2008 at 11:51 AM.