While Street isnt as much a need as some other areas.. I wouldn't say he's a luxury... we have no idea if Weathers can hold up another year (he's old remember) ... I think Burton has a bright future but he's young and unproven, I wouldn't hang my bullpen on him... which leaves us w/ Cordero... he's the only one I EXPECT to do well, but I remember alotta moaning when we signed him about declining #'s ... it'd be nice to have "another closer."
Cueto or maybe even Bailey--in the bullpen--could approximate Street's proclivity to miss bats, and without the "experienced closer" price mark-up in arbitration. No need to overpay, here.
If the Reds are determined to give up their top prospects, I'd rather it be for a player whose skills fit better with their park and poor defense than do Blanton's.
Yeah, theres an added cost of the talent we'd have to trade... which adds to what we have to "pay" for him... but i was responding to a comment that "the days of Blanton being cheap are over" ...
Maloney, Stubbs and Turner would be more than enough IMO. Beane isn't foolish, he knows Blanton doesn't have the value of Haren and is smart enough to know he shouldn't demand a similiar package. Certainly he may ask for Cueto or Votto as a jumping off point, but any smart negotiator knows you ask for more than you would be willing to accept.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
As far as I'm concerned, unless Beane wants to accept a package of 2nd to 3rd tier prospects, they can keep his career 5.24 K/9 in Oakland.