Re: Make Billy Hamilton Available...
Like the posters above, I agree that Hamilton isn't untouchable. However, the return would have to include a good, young, controllable player to fill CF, LF, or 3B for the next 3 or 4 years. My personal deadline plan does not include dealing away Hamilton. Here's my proposal:
1. Reds acquire RHP Steve Cishek from the Marlins for Neftali Soto and Chad Rogers.
2. Reds acquire 3B/LF Nick Castellanos from the Tigers for Aroldis Chapman
Castellanos is a top prospect who's ready now and is blocked by one of the best in the game. Also if the Reds aren't going to give Chapman a chance to start, I'd just as soon deal him to an AL squad that is in desperate need of a shutdown reliever. Picking up Cishek mostly offsets the loss of Chapman. He obviously isn't as dominant as Chapman, but I think the end result (SV%) would be just about the same. There's some obvious risk here if Castellanos doesn't pan out, but I think this kind of deal could set up the Reds to remain competitive for the long haul.