Any time there's a trade proposal, it's always heavily criticized. I've got thick skin, so go ahead and let 'er rip. Here goes nothing . . .
(And yes, I realize that due to Dunn's contract, this trade would most likely have to wait until June, unfortunately.)
The Reds' resulting roster:
Why this trade makes sense for the Giants:Code:2.525 C David Ross 1.325 C Javier Valentin 0.400 1B Joey Votto ?1.300 1B Jorge Cantu ?3.800 2B Brandon Phillips 0.400 IF Pedro Lopez 3.000 3B Ryan Freel 0.975 IF Juan Castro 0.400 SS Jeff Keppinger 0.400 LF Josh Hamilton 0.400 CF Norris Hopper 12.500 RF Ken Griffey, Jr. 0.400 OF Chris Dickerson 6.750 SP Aaron Harang 0.700 SP Matt Cain 6.450 SP Bronson Arroyo ?1.400 SP Matt Belisle 0.400 SP Homer Bailey 2.750 CL David Weathers 0.400 RP Jared Burton 0.400 RP Bill Bray 0.400 RP Jonathan Sanchez 3.000 RP Mike Stanton 0.400 RP Gary Majewski 0.925 RP Todd Coffey ------------------------------ 51.800 ? = estimate due to arbitration eligibility
1B Ryan Klesko, SS Omar Vizquel, 3B Pedro Feliz, and LF Barry Bonds all have expiring contracts. That means they'll need to re-sign or replace half their starting lineup by next year. Seeing as how they're the oldest team in MLB, they probably wouldn't mind getting younger by adding Dunn and Encarnacion. Also, starting pitching is arguably their biggest strength. They'd still have Zito, Lowry, and Lincecum, which is a formidable one-through-three part of the rotation.
Why this trade makes sense for the Reds:
Matt Cain would be considered an ace in many starting rotations, and as always, the Reds are in need of pitching. Jonathan Sanchez is a young, left-handed reliever who can strike out guys fairly often. He also has some potential as a starter. Craig Whitaker is a former first round pick who seems to be a bust. He struggles with control and staying healthy, but if the Reds can find a way to keep him on the field and in the strike zone, he might become very effective. Chad Santos doesn't project to be more than a backup first baseman, but if Joey Votto becomes injured, he could be a good guy to have around. Even if Votto stays healthy, he would be some needed organizational filler.
The Reds would no doubt be losing a good deal of offense in this trade, but with the likes of Freel, Keppinger, and Hopper handy, it's still a solid offense, in my opinion. Also, with Dunn gone, the starting lineup would become less left-handed and offer a lot more versatility in every facet of the game.
Another thing worth noting is that the money saved (nearly $20M) could be used to go after a centerfielder (Torri Hunter, Corey Patterson, Aaron Rowand, etc.), an infielder (David Eckstein, Juan Uribe, Mike Lowell, etc.), and/or relief help (Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Linebrink, Kerry Wood, etc.). Okay, now it's your turn to tell me why I'm crazy and/or an idiot. What do you all think?