Originally Posted by REDREAD
Well, I would take any of Stanton, Fowler or Headley at the right price of course. I think everyone would.
Headley --- if he is determined to go the FA route after this year, maybe SD decides to get the best return they can at the trade deadline. I have no idea what other teams need a rental 3b, but on the other hand, Headley upgrades just about everyone at 3b.. so there will be some demand. No way would I consider trading Cueto for him (as proposed in the original post). I guess it depends on how the offense is working at the trade deadline, and what the prognoisis is for Ludwick.
I would really hate to trade either BHam or Cingrani for a one year rental. Those guys are a big part of the future right now. As soon as next year, the team might need them (and no other guys in house will be ready for CF or SP next year).
The point about Ludwick being signed next year (someone else brought this up) is huge too. Although we could argue that Fowler could be picked up and Billy H could be parked in AAA an extra year. Or perhaps either Billy or Fowler would be traded after the season.
The Reds have the pieces to get Stanton, I think, if the Marlins want to deal him.
Of course, other teams have better farm systems than the Reds, but the market values prospects extremely high now. The high level prospects simply are not traded as often as they used to be. I guess the point is, other clubs will be just as hestitant to trade their top prospect.. just like we would be hestitant to trade Cingrani (IMO, he easily is the #1 Reds prospect now. I still like BHam, but Cingrani is ahead of Billly H).
Maybe I am mistaken, but I believe that Headley is signed through next season as well. I'd never give up cueto for a rental. And the cueto idea was for if the reds think they have a shot at signing latos or bailey long term. I see them improving, and while cueto is an ace I don't see him getting much more out if his game, not that it is bad.
As far as Stanton goes I could see the marlins attaching him to Ricky Nolasco in a trade, which may not be a bad thing for the reds because it would allow them to move pitching without a huge hit and it might bring the actual price in prospects for the trade down. I could see it going like this:
Cisco or Romano
That seems like a type of trade that could go down based on the marlins and reds trading history. The marlins would save money and get quality in return. The reds would get pieces they need but would not be parting ways with anyone that would create a hole in the current lineup.
Leake and Cingranis spots get filled by cueto and Nolasco, heisey by ruggiano, and fraziers by Polanco, if not by hannahan and Hrod platoon. The rest of the guys in the trade would offer high upside with the marlins, but are years away from contributing to the reds or are blocked at their positions.