Re: Granderson Available?
Pierre is not my primary target with the trade I proposed, but rather Hu and Lindblom, as we do have a gaping hole at SS and we could always use another decent young candidate to break into the rotation.
At the same time, Pierre would be a major upgrade over Taveras as a lead-off hitter. He's not only fast. He can actually get on base, and with Votto, Rolen, Hu and crew batting behind him, maybe we can score a few more runs in 2010. Now what exactly would be wrong with that?
Bear in mind, many trades are made where teams accept less-than-ideal players in return for getting other players they more highly covet. The Blue Jays, for instance, took Encarnacion so they could acquire Stewart and Roenicke.
If we can upgrade SS, the rotation and lead-off, and the cost is accepting Pierre's inflated $10 million salary, that's OK be me, considering we would also be trading away $10 million in salary, and only weakening ourself at 2B -- which is a far easier position to reasonably and cheaply fill than SS, the rotation or lead-off.