Originally posted by J-Rod
My point is. This team needs an Ace who is a stopper. A guy who makes it very difficult to get swept in a series. A pitcher who can go toe to toe with Schilling or Johnson.
No arguing about that.
What we're doing the
about is the notion that we can just "trade some bodies for Burnett." Burnett is an ace, he's young, and he's inexpensive -- in short, the type of pitcher all 30 teams want and nearly all can afford, at least until he's eligible for arbitration.
If the Marlins put out the word, every team will have offers on the table, and they'll be talking about premium guys. The Reds can't just put *an* offer on the table, it needs to be the *best* offer. If I was the Marlins' GM talking about Burnett, I'm not interested in a package of average veterans and second-tier prospects. I've got plenty of those. Put real value on the table or don't bother calling back.