Originally Posted by GAC
Then let them take Cordero straight up if he will OK the trade depending on the conditions of his limited no trade clause.
We're in the driver's seat then if the Phillies would desire a closer like Cordero. My Gawd! For once I wish this organization would act like it. Don't let them place conditions on us - like taking Lidge, while they pay a part of his contract. Blecch!
If Coco will OK the trade, then trade them straight up while freeing up 12M, while finding a cheaper alternative to fill our closer role.
Lidge is THEIR problem. Don't make him ours.
But as tr pointed out.... the Phillies aren't going to pay Cordero's salary, and part of Lidges, plus give up prospects, just to get a dependable closer. That's a heck of a chunk of change to being paying a closer. Could figure in the range of 17M approximately, depending on how much of Lidge's salary they'd agree to pick up.
And we really get nothing to improve this team in 2010 from it.
Actually I agree. I just think it may be worth taking part of Lidge off of their hands to get another talented kid who is near ready. Draft a kid like that and you'd pay about 70% of what I'm proposing anyway and have to wait 3 or 4 years and hope he doesn't stall on levels that this guy has already mastered..