Re: Russell Martin could be available??
Originally Posted by RedsManRick
The question is, how do you get Martin and ?(Holliday)? without gutting the team somewhere else. Clearly, the answer to the problem is a net increase in talent at the major league level. There are three ways to do that:
1. Sign a FA
2. Make a trade in which you get more major league talent than you give up
3. Add from your minor league system
We can muse all day about a dream lineup with 2 new all-stars and pretend like everything else stays the same. But absent a massive binge in FA, that's not going to happen. To improve at the major league level via trades, we're going to have to trade away buckets of minor leaguers or rip somebody off. Because merely shifting the value isn't going to get it done. And there aren't too many teams willing to trade away stars for buckets of prospects. The A's are the exception to that rule.
That's a really solid lineup. But it's an utter pipe dream.
Yep. That's pretty much the sedate, sepulchral, serious, shadowy, shady, sober, solemn, somber, sorry, sourpuss, staid, sucky situation.
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