Re: Bullpen Help--The Thread
The White Sox are in sell mode and with Cueto out and Cingrani rotation bound, the Reds need lefty help immediately IMO. Matt Thornton will be 37 at season's end, is still an effective lefty and is owed about $2.8 Million or so for the rest of the year as well as a $1 Million option buy-out (his 2014 option is for $5.5 Million). I wonder if the White Sox may let him go for secondary minor leaguers to get out from under his money. I'm thinking something along the lines of Ryan Lamarre and Pedro Villareal in a deal like this. They'd probably want more, but they may be OK just dealing off the money and creating a spot for a younger player, Thornton might be a decent way to plug a hole and help the team hold on until Marshall, Broxton and company get back. There isn't a guarantee those guys hold-up when they get back anyway. Adding a guy is a must IMO.
The Reds are pretty thin at the upper levels, so if the Sox (or any team) want more of a prospect, the Reds don't have much to deal. A trade of secondary prospects/suspects for a journeyman hole filler with some money attached is probably the most realistic move the team could make towards the pen. Maybe a guy like Nick Travieso could be made available in a bigger deal where more than the pen is addressed. It still probably wouldn't get star caliber players back though.
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