Let's say going off the rumors out there, what would you take that was available?
I really like that we're linked to both Ubaldo Jiminez and James Shields. Obviously in real life we'd only get one, but in my opinion, if we want to dominant, we should be seriously pursuing both of them. That's what Philly has done. The best teams need to have a lot of the best pitching.
I would probably do...
Yonder Alonso, Chris Heisey, Yasmani Grandal
For Ubaldo I would go
Travis Wood, Edinson Volquez, Dave Sappelt, Billy Hamilton
I'm not sure if more would be needed. I would be EXTREMELY hesitant to give up Mesoraco at all. It would be nice to have a little something left in the pipeline.
Then to help out the lineup, I would go for
Juan Duran, Josh Smith, Donnie Joseph
I would also like to get a reliever, but a true upgrade, not any of the names we've been linked to. A true hammer like Heath Bell. If we could expand the Colorado deal to include Huston Street, I would give up Yorman Rodriguez.
But I think those are good deals that would put us directly into WS contention and would keep us there for several years, as the only one we would lose after this year is Beltran.