Originally Posted by REDREAD
What is the story behind the Punto trade.. do you mean the giant salary dump to LA, or is there more to it than that.
Just seems that they have a bizzare plan.. Sign Gomes for LF. Sign Victorino, then trade one year of Ellsbury for an young near ace pitcher.. Asking for Latos is just plain ludicrous. Now granted, this is just rumors, maybe they didn't really ask for that much.
In the end, Ellsbury (if traded) is going to get less return than Span did. Same with Choo (I know the Indians are holding out for a lot).
Yes, the giant salary dump that gave them all this freedom to overpay Napoli, Victorino, and anyone else who will take a less than 4 year deal. And, their plan does seem bizarre, but I think they want to avoid any more big long term contracts unless it's for the absolute perfect player for them, and I don't see that guy out there right now. And I also believe they don't want to trade prospects or forfeit draft picks, but they can't go into 2013 with a $90M payroll, either. So, they overpay some decent players on shorter deals and see what they can do with that. I also agree with you about Ellsbury's trade value, which is why I don't expect him to be traded.