I haven't combed through the pages of this thread yet, but you know what might be interesting? Trading Hanigan.
It's a big sell high move, and obviously a big gamble. I'm not necessarily advocating it, but if Hanigan (plus a pitching prospect) could bring us a major bat for LF, CF, or 3B, it might be worth it. Clears the decks for Mez and you keep Navarro as a backup in case Mez faulters or pitchers like Chapman don't get comfortable with him.
Look at Yadier Molina- great defensive catchers that can get on base are a very valuable commodity. Hanigan proved this year that he can do exactly that. Maybe some team is willing to overpay for that?
Here's one idea:
1. Ludwick wants Cuddyer-type deal (3 years or $20M) - too expensive for the Reds
2. Rangers are in search of catching help http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/1...offseason.html
3. Trade Hanigan and one of Stubbs/Heisey to Texas for Nelson Cruz and $5MM
Replicate Ludwick's production on a 1 year, $5MM deal. Personally I prefer Justin Upton but Arizona isn't in need of catching help.