Re: Ben Broussard vs. Scott Hatteberg
Why not trade the Tribe Womack for Broussard?
Broussard's streaky and hardly a panacea at 1B, but nominally an improvement over Hatteberg, offering better defense and more clout (.464 SLG in 2005 vs. .343 SLG in roughly the same number of at bats, 466 vs. 464). Being six years younger, you also have to hope Broussard would be a little more durable and able to hold up all season long.
I wouldn't drop Hatteberg -- just move him to where he rightfully belongs -- the bench -- given his age and his declining offense. Besides, keeping him is good insurance for whenever Broussard gets streaky and needs a competitive goose.
This trade would be a baby step, but still a thing of beauty -- improving two positions simultaneously, while costing us very little moolah. Broussard represents a 1B upgrade over Hatteberg, while likewise, Aurilia or Freel are better 2B options than Womack.
One caveat: If we could get Petagine for a song and prayer, I don't know that I'd bother with Broussard and his $2.5 million salary. Of course, if Broussard were the key to shipping off Womack, then the difference between $2.5 million and $2 million is but a small price to pay.