Say you were running a bad baseball team and you wanted to fix that. Let's also say that you could pursue a crazy idea (one that involves spending some money, which I know is crazy talk). What would a real blockbuster look like? What would be the modern equivalent of Morgan, Geronimo, Billingham, Menke and Armbrister for May, Helms and Stewart?
We all know the Blue Jays keep threatening to sell, but could you get them to divest? After all, Roy Halladay wouldn't turn the Reds around by himself. Neither would Scott Rolen. Neither would Alex Rios. Yet Halladay, Rolen and Rios? That might just be the kind of tectonic shift a franchise like the Reds would need to matter in 2010.
Could it be done in a crazy alternate universe where the only thing that changes is the Reds' willingness to take a huge gamble? I mean, what would it take?
I figure there would be a some salary headed north of the border. Let's say Bronson Arroyo and Willy Taveras are make-weight in that deal (and to be fair, the Jays probably could stand the 200+ innings Arroyo would give them). Lump in Edwin Encarnacion too because he'd be without a job in Cincinnati and Toronto seems mildly interested in him.
So that would save Toronto $20M in guaranteed money in 2010 and roughly $6M for the rest of this season, plus $50M long-term on the Rios contract. That's a powerful enticement for a discount franchise.
Yet it would take prospects too. The Jays surely would want Votto, Cueto and Bruce, and the Reds would have to fend that off. The Reds need those three in 2010 for the deal to pay off.
But could Homer Bailey, Yonder Alonso, Travis Wood, Chris Heisey (though you probably try to see if they'll bite on Stubbs instead) and Juan Francisco create enough young player heft to seal the deal? Would that plus the savings woo the Jays?
We don't live in that alternate universe so we'll never know, but it's fun to speculate on what a truly massive idea would look like.