Originally Posted by Benihana
OK, well how about an "innings eater" and a significant upgrade at SS and LF, as was originally proposed? Also, don't forget my proposal had the O's sending money over to cover some of the added costs. I don't include Wood unless that happens.
As I've pointed our earlier:
- Hardy is an upgrade, but can't be expected to continue to hit like he's done so far and we have a player in the minors performing very well who profiles to be extremely similar. He is 28, makes $5.85M and will be a free agent. One decent projection system, ZiPS projects him for as .272/.327/.437 bat the rest of the season.
- Luke Scott is not upgrade. He's a better hitter than Heisey but a significantly worse defender. And while I concede the point I made earlier about using projections not just year-to-date stats, so far this year, he's not been a better hitter. He's 33, makes $6.4M this year and will be arb eligble. He would not likely be retained in 2012. ZiPS projects him at .254/.340/.461.
These guys are ok complimentary players. But including Guthrie you're talking ~3 wins over the rest of the season and little return thereafter (a market-priced Guthrie in 2012). You're giving up quite a bit for that. Yeah, those are 3 valuable wins if they mean the difference between the playoffs and staying home. But if we're trading Alonso and Wood to get 2-3 wins, get one really big upgrade somewhere that will last beyond 2012 and see what you have internally to address the other situations.
Going outside of the organization to get mediocre upgrades without trying the in house options strikes me as not a smart approach.