Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
A Leake-Parra deal would work for both teams, IMO. (Or, if you prefer, Leake and Stubbs for Parra and a middling prospect.)
If you really wanted to make a splash, the following blockbuster would do just that:
Reds grab an elite talent to plug in LF and cleanup. They also get a solid, dependable 3B who may blossom into an above average bat and glove.
D'Backs get an innings eater who's still young and cheap, a young (cheap) 3B with upside, and an elite set-up guy.
Lots of risk, but the payoff could be huge.
I wouldn't do this deal until I had resigned Madson or acquired an above average reliever, and even then, I'm not sure that Marshall is the right guy to put in an Upton deal. Taking out our two best lefties from the pen is surely going to have an impact without some other big moves happening.