Originally Posted by RedEye
But if opportunity knocks (in the form of Stanton or Profar) don't you have to consider it? The assumption in this scenario would be that Texas or Miami doesn't want to wait around until the off-season to acquire Bailey. After all, the Reds would still have 4 proven major league SP (Cueto, Latos, Arroyo, Leake) as well as Cingrani to take Homer's spot. The prospect of slotting Profar in at SS or Stanton into RF is just too tempting to me. Perhaps that's why my GM applications keep getting rejected.
I say this, mind you, knowing full well that Miami and Texas would ask for a lot more than Bailey for either of those players.
As much as pitching is a priority, to be able to land a " core " player who plays every day trumps a pitcher, unless maybe that pitcher's name is Kershaw.
That being said, Stanton or Profar, if even available, are going to cost until it really hurts. In Miami's case, it would be PR suicide, and they can't afford any more hits.
In Texas' case, I'm beginning to think that they'll shop Andrus before they even consider moving Profar. Andrus is hitting .245 with 0 HRs and a .299 OBP. Throw in the fact that he has 21 BB and 45 K, and that his 8 year $118 million contract doesn't kick in until 2015, and you can see why Texas might want to rid themselves of that albatross.