Originally Posted by PuffyPig
This deal would only make sense if the cash/prospects coming back from the Phillies is large enough such that it no longer makes no sense to the Phillies.
I think that's the key.
No way the Reds get Drabek, Taylor or Brown, and no one else really impresses.
But how about all cash? The Reds really could use cash this off season. How about $8M? That would get the Reds around a 2 win player. Maybe a solid #4 starter so that they can then trade Arroyo, free up more money and get a 3 win player, maybe a big bat for the middle of the lineup?
Maybe make it all one trade?
Cordero, Arroyo for Lidge, Werth and $2M? The Reds would then have around $7M to spend on starter to replace Arroyo.
Reds get Werth out of it, while the Phillies get a closer, a starter and all it costs them is Werth and around $7M in additional salary.