Originally Posted by mace
My head says Chacin or Brandon Dailey but by heart insists on a sympathy vote for Valaika. Somehow, I think he's better than he's shown the last couple years. The little I've seen of him, he seems like a competent player who can hang around the big leagues and maybe even do something.
The problem with Valaika is that he is the definition of a replacement level player. I honestly think he is no better than someone you can pick up for the major league minimum easily at any point in free agency. He doesn't walk, he doesn't hit for power, he doesn't play defense and he has no upside. There is no way I would trade the slim chance that Covington becomes a major league pitcher for a replacement level player like Valaika. That being said, I wouldn't be infuriated about any trade for a player that is still left to be picked since we are so far down on the list.