Originally Posted by mth123
Here is one that I'd hate to do, but could be big as soon as this year and really extends the window.
Joey Votto, Edinson Volquez and Jeremy Horst to San Francisco for Madison Bumgarner, Jeremy Affeldt and Brandon Belt
I have thought about this type of deal. As part of it Belt is flipped to the Rays (along with Grandal) for Shields.
1) I think the Reds should get Romo not Affelt.
2) Its Joey Votto!!! The Reds get more than just Bumgarner, Belt & Romo.
I am not sure how much more. To me it seems that at least one of their top 5 prospects.
3) These two deals net the team two #2 type starters & a closer. The team has the $10M playflex they started with plus $4M or so with replacing Votto's salary with Shields. So thats $14M to go get a left fielder via free agency or trade.