Originally Posted by buckeyenut
After the Pineda deal, my question for you is would you trade for Felix Hernandez?
Here are my parameters for you with the question.
Assumption 1) Mariners are open to the conversation with a target of winning again in 2014.
Assumption 2) Reds are going for it in 2012
Assumption 3) Reds have <5M in payroll left for 2012
Assumption 4) Felix makes 18.5, 19.5 and 20M over next 3 years.
So please answer, would you consider a) trading for Felix and b) what would you offer?
My answers, YES and Felix and 6M for Arroyo (12M), Hamilton (SS), Stephenson (SP), Rodriguez (OF), Phipps (OF), Garrett (P) and get Cast to go slightly overbudget to make it happen.
I would love to get Felix but I don't think we would have the pieces in order to even get our foot in the door. If you say we only have ~6 mil trading Bronson makes sense but all of his defered money comes due up front doesn't it? Plus after the year he had like others have said he has negative value.
It's part of the reason why I was hoping to save Grandal for a 2nd deal and used Hamilton/Alonso as a cornerstone of one blockbuster. We don't have the premier bats that Seattle would require unless you're saying that we could trade Votto and/or Bruce for Felix because that is what I think they would require. We're not talking about a low service time starter here, Felix has been a premier arm for the past 5 years.
There is no way Seattle takes the PR hit trading Felix unless they get the likewise premier mvp caliber hitter in return and probably plus MORE.