Originally Posted by mth123
I'd pay an arm (Mike Lincoln) and a leg (Willy Taveras) for him.
I still think a deal centering on Cordero and Hardy makes a lot of sense. The Brewers were right with the Reds in bidding on Cordero and were actually miffed that they weren't given the opportunity to top the Reds deal, so they may not think the $ for Cordero are out of the question. Cameron probably walks next year and they could let Cordero replace Hoffman
. Both teams could significantly restructure in a deal that looks something like Cordero, Stubbs and Lincoln for Hardy, David Riske and the right to guarantee that Jonathon Lucroy is the PTBNL in the Weathers trade.
The Brewers would plug Cordero in as closer while offsetting his salary with Hardy and his near $5 Million and Riske and his $5 Million with buy-out going out the door. Stubbs could plug in at CF while the Brewer save additional money letting Cameron ($10 Million) and Hoffman ($6 Million) walk. That should give the Brewers pretty much money to spend on a starting pitcher...
Sounds like wishful thinking to me mth123. You want to deal 3 players that you don't want anymore to get a player that would fill our ss hole but I think you're overstating how much interest Milwaukee might have in those 3 players. I think teams would prefer to sign their own players instead of new ones. So I don't think that Milwaukee is so in love with Cordero that they would trade to get him back instead of resigning Trevor Hoffman who wants to be back, will most likely be cheaper, and has been better than Cordero this season.
And Cameron has already expressed in interest in coming back:
After reflecting on becoming the 302nd player in history to score 1,000 runs, Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron said he would like to remain in Milwaukee beyond this season. So much so, that he might consider taking less to stay than he could fetch on the open market.
"I would be willing to make a sacrifice to make that happen," he said. "You just never know how it's going to work out financially. It would be cool, because I like it here. Doug [Melvin, the Brewers' general manager] is pretty straightforward, and it's just a matter of what direction they want to go in."
They may have some
interest in Stubbs as an eventual replacemant but let's not kid ourselves into thinking that Stubbs, right now, is better than Cameron. Making Stubbs their main centerfielder in 2010 would be a step down for Milwaukee, as far as offensive production, and I bet they know that.
A deal centered around Hardy, Stubbs, and 1-2 other Reds prospects makes more sense to me.