A team comes to the Reds looking to deal a veteran pitcher. Think someone like a Jon Lieber - someone who isn't a strikeout pitcher but someone who would fit GABP with his style. For the sake of argument, let's say he's signed through 2007 at $6 million with a mutual option for 2008 at $7.5 million.
They already have five other starters they can go with and they want a good young first base prospect who will be Major League ready shortly since they have an aging first sacker or someone whose contract is up after 2007. They call up the Reds and offer their veteran starter for Joey Votto.
Do you agree to the deal straight up?
Do you only make the deal if they pay some salary?
If they agree to pay some salary in exchange for adding a fringy pitching prospect to the deal, does that still work?