Re: Cordero for Lidge?
Cordero for Lidge doesn't make much sense. We get little in the way of salary relief, and we get back a closer who looks battered and frazzled.
A better deal: Cordero and a top prospect to the Angels for Fuentes and Izturis. Fuentes also is having a rough year, with more blown saves than usual, some injury problems early on, and notable signs of fatigue lately. But he still has collected 44 saves and his $9 million salary gives us more relief than picking up Lidge, who carries an $11 million pricetag. Also, being a southpaw, Fuentes would be the ideal complement to emerging ace set-up man Masset.
If the Angels add the switch-hitting Izturis to the mix, we get our desired upgrade at SS, plus Izturis is just perfect to hit No. 2, where the Duster seems to want his shortstops slotted. We would probably have to pay Izturis $2-$3 million next year, but the differential between Cordero and Fuentes' salaries would cover that.
This deal makes sense for both teams. The Angels are always contenders, and have to be a little frustated with Fuentes' inconsistencies this season. Cordero looks to be the more airtight closer.
As for us, I'll take Fuentes' ups-and-downs if we solve our SS problem. The Angels can afford to shed Izturis because they are well covered in the infield with Kendrick at 2B, Aybar at ss, Figgins at 3B, and Wood emerging and vying for a position. Izturis could be the one squeezed out, so why not see if we can grab him -- although the Angels are admittedly difficult trading partners. Maybe if Fuentes blows 2-3 key playoff games, they might be more receptive to a hot stove deal.