Re: Buster Olney says scouts are raving about Mike Leake
I'd love to sell high if Leake can string together 2-3 more starts like last night, and Cingrani comes anywhere close to replicating the success he's had in the minors.
In that scenario, two deals I'd look to make are:
Leake to BOS for Jacoby Ellsbury
Leake to SD for Will Venable and Austin Hedges
Deal 1 solidifies Reds' championship OF (and defense) for the rest of this season. Then give Ellsbury a qualifying offer and you've essentially replaced Leake with a new first round pick. Meanwhile, the BoSox get a quality SP under team control for the next 2.5 years- at a minimum, he's better than Doubront and Lackey.
Deal 2 gives the Reds their starting LF until Ludwick comes back and a great platoon partner once he does (and insurance policy in case he's shaky). Plus, it gives them a great backup plan/insurance policy (GG defender and top 100 prospect) if Mez doesn't pan out once Hanigan's contract is up. Meanhwile, SD gets a hometown kid that is a big upgrade to their current pitching staff.
Last edited by Benihana; 04-18-2013 at 02:26 PM.