Bad idea. You shouldn't rob Peter to pay Paul. Especially since there isn't enough depth in the rotation to swing a trade of either of them (unless you get a starting pitcher in return, which, basically makes it a lateral move; pointless.) We need some offense, yes, but, look at prospects being dealt before anyone in the rotation. What we need usually comes rather cheap at the deadline. (A couple bats off the bench, essentially. Maybe a leadoff hitter.)
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I would not trade either (unless a better SP comes back in the deal).
A strong rotation (1-5) is what's going to win the division for the Reds.
This offense can't carry a weak starting pitcher in the #5 slot.. Just look at
what Leake and Homer did in this past series.. Without them, no sweep.
I really don't want to see Simon, LeCure or Hoover experimented with in the rotation at this point.. Now is not the time.
I predict that if one of them is traded, Walt might wait until near the end of the spring training, just to ensure that Chapman can start..
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I personally would say (assuming you "can't" extend either) Homer, just because he's a lot closer to the dreaded free agency time. All things being equal I don't really have a preference between the two, they both have positives and they both have negatives that need work. But unless you are able to get a return of like a Jason Heyward what's the point in trading either?
It would be creative, I doubt Chapman would be ready for the rotation by opening day next year even if he trained the entire offseason. So you probably need both until July next year and if you can't get a young game changer whats the point in taking out the kitchen to build a stair case in the den?
Pitch Redmond a couple games before the deadline and see if you have a 5th starter before deciding anything
Hokie - I meant if you have one AFTER trading someone
Homer, Stubbs, and a couple prospects not named Hamilton for Hamels....then, yes.
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VR - I was thinking along the lines of a Minnesota deal for Liriano and Span
Bailey, I'm gonna keep. A 1-2-3 punch of Cueto, Latos, and Bailey for the next four or five years looks very nice.
Leake, I'm going to hang on to unless I am absolutely blown away by a deal. Thing is, I don't believe there is a deal out there that would "blow me away."
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I wouldn't move any member of the current rotation other than Arroyo, and then only with a comparable starter--experienced--to be coming back. We've finally got the rotation: let them grind it out.