We've debated who we need to acquire to improve our bid to enter the playoffs a second year running. Should it be a starting pitcher? A LF with clout? A SS who doesn't have a noodle for a bat? We've identified the targets, speculated on what each might cost and argued long and hard about whether we need an MVP or ace, whether simply solid players might do, whether one acquisition or a mix of ringers are required, whether they can be rentals, etc., etc.
What hasn't entered into our debate as of yet? What if we aren't buyers at all? What if, heaven forbid, we are sellers? I realize that all of us would rather be hopeful, than Debbie Downers, but the reality is: One 4- or 5- game losing skid and we might suddenly be out of the hunt, not only well off the pace of the surging Brewers, but also buried behind the flailing Cards and smoke-and-mirror Pirates.
If that happens, all of our speculation over trade targets could be rendered obsolete. In the blink of an eye, we would then turn from shoppers into sellers. My challenge to you: What happens then? Who among our roster of players might we make available to competing teams? Who would attract the most attention? The likely suitors? The possible returns? And would you pull the trigger?
I have some thoughts along these lines, but I open the floor to all of you first. Don't by shy. If you think we can ship Edgar Renteria off the Nationals for Bryce Harper, have at it.