I know some of you guys don't like these kinda threads but this is actually more realistic then the getting Willis/Cabrera type pipedreams.
As mentioned in the Dodgers thread, they definately have some issues but they still don't want to throw in the towel. They have a solid rotation despite Penny being the only major trading chip and decent pitcher. Their offense has no one pacing anything more than about 15-20 HR, however, and they need some younger offense players as well as some more power. While we both may be in the same race a trade between the Reds and the Dodgers could help both parties out (the Dodgers in their quest for the NL West and us for the wild card).
Having said that, I propose this trade....... It's one thing if the Reds would never do it but would the Dodgers???
1. Chris Donorfia, Tyler Pelland, Eric Milton, Dave Weathers, and Rich Aurilia to the Dodgers for Brad Penny, Giovanni Carrara and Cesar Itzurus.
Well both the Dodgers and Reds build for the future as well as the present in these trades. While the Dodgers bullpen looses talent in the short term, next year when Gagne returns it will be fine and Baez in the mix solidifies it. Cararra's return is great for them too as well as Beimel and Saito's emergences. Milton would be similar to Derek Lowe in Dodger Stadium (many less HR's of course) and gives them a solid starter in the rotation. Aurilia is the type of spark they need offensively- someone capable of hitting .275, 25, 80 (.800+ OPS numbers) over a full season. He would play 3B and the Dodgers would likely sign him to an extension since Mueller doesn't add much. Donorfia will replace Lofton next year and fill the 2 hole in the lineup. Pelland is a decent prospect for about 2008ish. They don't throw the towel in for the season, addressing some team problems but they improve their chances in 2007/2008 with this squad. Weathers is a not bad bullpen option to have in their mix and is now expendable on the Reds' part.
While the Reds give up some talent, the infield situation is resolved with Freel taking fulltime duties in RF and Phillips at 2B... Hatteburg at 1B...Itzurus at SS and Encarnacion at 3B. Defense is improved.... the pen improves and so does the rotation.
Subsequently, Shackelford to AAA.
Matt Belisle, Rey Olmedo, Jason Standridge, and Brandon Claussen to the Royals for Ambiorix Burgos, Matt Stairs, and Mark Redman.
Royals get some serviceable players- two not bad relievers, a starter that can pitch to middle of the rotation standards if on and Olmedo- Grudzie's replacement when he leaves as a FA.
The Reds get a solid 5th starter... a big bat off the bench and to fill in at 1B and on the corners as well as a good young reliever in Burgos who would do a lot better in a non-closing role. We need a decent lefty in the rotation too in Redman.
Jason LaRue to the Angels (Angels take on his contract) for a PTBNL (fringe prospect to be decided).
Reds need to dump some salary... a good move for the Angels as they need a catcher for 2006-2007 as they break in their prospects.
Germano (Merker when he comes off)
Valentin C (Sardinha backs up until Ross returns)
Would you be mad at me if I was GM?