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.
Arroyo takes the ball every 5th day and gives his team (with a few exceptions) enough innings to keep the pressure off of the bullpen. In the end he had a pretty good season last year which makes him what, 2 for 3 in a Reds uniform? Sheets is more dazzling when he is at the top of his game but he doen't eat innings like Arroyo because he just flat misses too many starts. In fact he misses so many you have to carry an extra starter somewhere in your org just to keep his spot covered. I guess it is testimony to how good he is when healthy that the Brewers were able to do that and for the most part prosper.
The biggest upside to signing Sheets or Oliver Perez might be that it would end the search for a 5th starter and instantly make several guys legitimate trade bait. And also, with an established solid 5th starter they might reconsider locking Micah Owings in as a pitcher and turn him loose in left field to solve that problem. But then considering what I just wrote in the first paragraph I guess they would have to keep Bailey or Maloney or Ramirez or Thompson ready to fill for Sheets.....