Ok, I never start these types of threads, but I have been searching for a team that would be a decent trading partner and I think I may have found one in Texas.
So here's my attempt at a slobberknocker:
to Texas for
Why it helps the Reds:
Will free the Reds of the whipping boy du jour and make Wayne look active which is what he needs from the fanbase. Yes, they would be letting the underappreciated Dunn go, but the players landed may be enough to make up for his lost run production.
-Young (SS) removes any issue with moving BP from 2B. I'm not sure how long Young is signed, but at 30, he would be a solid piece to the infield puzzle for 4 years. Plus, Young and his .850-ish OPS will be a significant upgrade over what the Reds trotted out there for the 2nd half of 2006.
-Blalock (3B) struggled in 2006, after struggling to match his brilliant 2004 season in 2005, but at 25 (soon to be 26), a change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered for the youngster. What to do with Edwin you ask? Encarnacion can be moved to LF. I'm more in favor of making this trade for the ceiling of Blalock than I am for moving EE from 3B and I have no doubt that EE will be fine at 3B after a few more seasons, but if we can land Blaylock and he can get back to his 2004 form, I have no problem moving the athletic Encarnacion out to man Dunn's position. It will be an upgrade defensively.
-Benoit can move into the closer role or make a decent set-up guy if a FA closer can be acquired this off-season.
Texas lands two of their own in Dunn and Bailey. We are selling high on Homer and getting Dunn out of the NL where he can DH if need be and never do us any harm, by being in the AL. Much better than sending him "home" to a division rival, right? I would love to make this deal without Homer so I would offer Wood or Cueto first, but I think Homer would have to be included. Freel is nothing more than a throw-in and will free up some dough to make up for any payroll addition from the trade. LaRue is a salary dump, and gee another Texas boy (go figure) but I doubt Texas would want him and his money. We may need to eat a bit of his 2007 salary to get him home.
Ok, there is my first trade proposal.
Fire away. Be gentle.