Originally Posted by M2
There's probably a general sense that the team is going to need more SP depth in 2013. And Chapman probably isn't ticketed for a full season in the rotation. Mind you, Redmond and Lecure provide depth as well as prospects like Cingrani and Corcino.
But, IMO, the biggest thing when you deal from (perceived) pitching depth is getting the right return. For instance, Homer Bailey as a principal for Justin Upton? Sure. Bailey for Shin-Soo Choo? No. Tony Cingrani for Dexter Fowler? I'm on board. Mike Leake as a throw-in? Absolutely not. Like Kc61 said, his value is low at the moment. I'd add that a good season, and Leake is more than capable of having one in 2013, would send his market through the roof.
If I'm Jocketty, Corcino is my trading chip of preference, at least among my pitching options. I think he deserves the prospect pub he gets, but I'm not sold on him. So I'd be trying to figure out whether he can get me what I'm looking for in the OF. Offers for other pitchers I'd be collecting in my "Under Consideration" file.
Totally agree- not saying trade any of these guys for the sake of trading them. But let's be proactive in finding the right deal, because we certainly have a strength (that is in high demand) and need to address a weakness (where there is plenty of supply) - the very reason for the existence of the concept of trades.
With Chapman coming to the rotation, I'm actually neutral between dealing Cingrani vs. Corcino. One could be seen as redundant with Chapman while the other is redundant with Cueto, at least from a style perspective (hopefully performance too!)
Leake is my least favorite pitcher of the bunch because I see limited upside and a cost increase in the near future. However your point is well taken against selling low.
I'd be fine moving any of those three guys in a deal for Ellsbury or Choo. In the case of Upton and/or Fowler, I'd even consider moving two of them.
I probably wouldn't trade Bailey for any of them unless another high upside arm is coming back (ie Bauer or Pomeranz).