Let us not even joke about Bonds going to Boston. Don't want him within a thousand miles of the Red Sox clubhouse. If Ortiz is going to be out until the All-Star game, at least 9 of the games are in NL parks and they don't have to make the decision of whether to play him in the field. Casey doesn't give you near the power of Ortiz, but at least he can be a solid .300 hitter to insert in the order at DH/1B. The bullpen is still the overriding concern for the Red Sox, especially if Okajima is coming back to Earth. I've wanted this pitcher since the 1st of May, and I hope he is available: SPF's old favorite Damaso Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I'll trade Hansen or Delcarmen or someone from the lower minor leagues if the Pirates want to enter rebuilding mode again. I want Marte.
Originally posted by thecubsfanWait, the Pirates left rebuilding mode at some point?
You can always find a big 1B/DH/corner bat neat the deadline if you're willing to spend enough of money and prospects. (Todd Helton?) They can patch things together until they reach a deciding point.
I argee with you in waiting til the deadline, but I doubt Helton would ever happen. I keep hearing his name every year for the past 3 or 4 seasons and he seems to react the same way in that he wants NOTHING to do with moving out of Denver.
What about Josh Hamilton? I know he's not a 1B, but he looks like perfect trade bait to me. A hot hitter with a low-paying, short term contract for a sub-par team, I'm sure as much as the Rangers love his hitting, they would love even more to get some prospects for him or something before he leaves them for a big time contract.
Geez, Ortiz is only out for a month. Boston doesn't need to bring in another big name right away. This would be a good chance to get Jed Lowrie some more major league ABs, whether it be at DH or at third (if Lowell is the DH).
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Originally posted by supersalvadoranWhat about Josh Hamilton? I know he's not a 1B, but he looks like perfect trade bait to me. A hot hitter with a low-paying, short term contract for a sub-par team, I'm sure as much as the Rangers love his hitting, they would love even more to get some prospects for him or something before he leaves them for a big time contract.
No chance the Rangers let him go. They gave up Edison Volquez plus another pitching prospect to acquire Hamilton. Plus, he's the best CF in the league right now, has been named player of the month for each of the first two months of the season, and although it is very, very early, he's currently on a Triple Crown pace.
The Rangers are stupid, but no one* is that stupid.
Considering Boston is their main rival, this trade is great for the Yankees. Loaiza is a solid #3 starter who may give up 5 runs a game, but Contreras will give up 3 runs one game and 8 runs the next game.