Originally Posted by redsfandan
I've seen posts like this (here and in the torg) where someone throws out the idea of the Reds trading Arroyo for someone like Nady and then the Reds signing Sheets.
But why would the yankees (or any team) trade for Arroyo when they can just sign Sheets themselves instead?
Sheets is the better pitcher, he'll likely be cheaper over the next two years, and Nady/Swisher/etc can be dealt for something else where there isn't a better FA option.
I just don't see an advantage for another team to trade for Arroyo at this point.
One reason a team might trade for Arroyo rather than signing Sheets is to get rid of the salary of the player they're trading. A team can get Arroyo without spending any money if the player it trades has a salary that matches Arroyo's, whereas as signing Sheets increases the team's expenditures by whatever amount he signs for.