Re: If you were GM what would you do in the next 10 days??
Let's say I'm not G.M..
Let's say I'm Walt.
Rule #1. I can't fire Dusty because Castellini won't let me.
Rule #2. I can't DFA Taveras because Dusty won't let Castellini let me.
Rule #3. If Castellini tells me that I can't do one more thing, I tell him to go screw himself, such as telling me I can't DFA Hairston.
So, now, what do I do?
I try to improve the Defense at SS and 3rd Base.
Gonzalez is back shortly, so SS is taken care of.
Because Gonzalez will be poor Offensively, I make a blockbuster trade for a 3rd Baseman by trading EE and Arroyo/Harang for one player.
That player would be:
Gordon Beckham from the White Sox, as I give them Harang, EE, and Chris Heisey for Beckham.
Chicago would do this because it helps them not only win this season but gives them a very good Offensive 3rd Baseman for the next 3 seasons in EE, a very good prospect in Heisey, and a decent starting pitcher in Harang with renewed life in the American League, where he doesn't have to hit. EE could also play less defense in the American League. DeWayne Wise doesn't cut it in Centerfield for the White Sox. If they want Stubbs instead of Heisey, they can have him instead. The White Sox starting staff is heavy-loaded with left-handers. Their #1, #2, and #4 starters are Left-Handed. Harang would fit right in there and break that up.
To make the deal even sweeter for the REDS, I'd try to get Jermaine Dye at the same time for say a David Weathers and a minor league player.
This would be a win-win for both sides.
Plan B: A straight up EE for Rolen trade for the defensive improvement alone. I'll take an infield of Rolen-Gonzalez-Phillips-Votto for the rest of this year to play defense behind our pitchers with Hanigan at Catcher. If we had Bruce, we'd be set.
Last edited by Kingspoint; 07-21-2009 at 07:46 PM.