Originally Posted by jojo
Cliff Lee might be the best pitcher in baseball right now.
Of course there's no bias there...
My point is that if you take that article at face value- the M's are considering trading Lee for Eduardo Nunez and either Austin Romine or Jesus Montero, depending on whether or not they get a negotiation window.
If you look at the numbers, an equivalent package from the Reds would be Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco.
Cozart is 1.8 years older than Nunez but has better career offensive numbers and is very slick with the glove. Mesoraco and Romine are very similar players- both 21 year old former high draft picks now in AA. Romine's career OPS is a little higher, but Mesoraco is having his best year yet. Montero is a different story, as he is probably more comparable to Alonso as he will not play behind the dish at the major league level, albeit a better prospect. Still, Lee wants to test FA by all accounts, and the Reds could probably give up less if they didn't demand the negotiating window which the Yankees would reportedly want for giving up the mentioned package.
I would offer Cozart, Mesoraco, and basically any other hitter in the system if it could get us three months of Cliff Lee. The Reds would immediately become the strong favorite for the division with Lee in tow.