Originally Posted by REDREAD
That's way too much for Stanton, IMO.
I know the theory is that Nolasco could fill the 5th starter role, but he's a downgrade from Leake/Cingrani and he's expensive.
Trading Frasier leaves a big hole as well. I really don't want Hannaran to play everyday and also be forced to call up someone like Negron as a backup infielder/PH. Maybe Polanaco could fill in at 3b (just now noticing that), but not a big fan of that trade. I think it weakens the Reds more than it helps them short term.
I could actually get behind getting Polanco by himself in a minor trade to play 3b and putting Frasier into LF to try to get a little more offense until Ludwick gets back, but that kind of closes the door for a bigger move.
I think people are way too high on Frazier. With the addition of Stanton's bat, and hannahans glove the team would be better. Plus if Polanco were in the trade he could easily be the offensive end of a third base platoon and give ways more diciplined at bats than Frazier ever dreamed he could.
The guys I'd be really worried about giving up are lutz Travieso and leake. I'd try to maybe put corcino in that trade instead of leake.
Nolasco is a very serviceable 5th starter.
Maybe I overvalued the trade, but we are not going to get Stanton for a bunch of B rated prospects and Hamilton. Trading Hamilton or chapman for him IMO is not a smart move.
I know it's pitching heavy, and for whatever reason no one wants to move Frazier but you have to give quality for quality.
In the long run next year chapman takes a rotation spot, corcino takes a spot. Hrod takes third. Arroyo will be gone and maybe choo. Take the extra money for a starter or closer or resign choo and pick up Stanton's arb money.