Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/12/2013 2:06 PM EDT
My suggested trade was really just an example put forth to find a way to get rid of CC's salary, but instead of just paying cash like we are doing to a small extent now with the Dodgers, but to get back someone else's salary dump in return who is owed less. The lessening of the financial hit was the "carrot" to the other team. I think my actualy suggested offer included other players and maybe even taking on Huff's contract as well.
The idea was that SF "needed" offense at that time, and would have loved to have dumped Zito & his deal.
The salaries owed at last year's deadline were about:
Zito: $33.5M for 1.3 seasosn (assuming a no on the $11M differential on 2014 vs the buyout) of $44.5M for 2.3 seasons with the 2014 option.
CC: $108M for 5.3 years.
Zito: 12:$19M,13:$20M, 14:$18M club option ($7M buyout)
CC: 12:$19.5M, 13:$20M, 14:$20.25M, 15:$20.5M, 16:$20.75M,17:$21M
I get the Barry might have not wanted to come to Boston. I respect that opinion, but one never knows. I do not think he was happy in SF. The media and fans must have been hard on him after several poor seasons at that cost. Although I did not mention it at the time, one could imagine us sweetening his salary to agree to the trade, if he was reluctant.
The same with A Sanchez and B McCarthy. I think they might have come here if we offered significantly more money. Maybe not. My point is that there are many examples where a player was quoted as saying I want to play here or not play there, and they do the opposite for just pennies more. The Sox could offer more than pennies, so, yes, I do sort of have an attitude that nearly anything is possible.
Unlike most trade suggestions made on this site, I will say with complete confidence that my trade suggestions are usually criticized for giving up too much rather than the other way around. I try to be realistic, but realize some of my offers may not have had much of a chance, even if Ben agreed with them.