Re: Closer from the Sox System? or trade a top prospect for the best closer available.
posted at 7/7/2013 6:36 PM EDT
In response to hill55's comment:
In response to BMav's comment:
I would look to add Axford or Thornton NOW. First, both would be added for absolutely no prospects. Thats because it would be pure salary dumps. Neither will be kept by their respective teams next year. Both make 5+ million. Both have been pitching very well lately, which is always the key thing you want in a reliever. Thornton is a lefty with a lot of late game experience. Axford has experience as a closer. Both pitch in hitters parks. Both are flame throwers who are throwing 95+ NOW. And both would be available NOW, because the sooner they are traded the more the other team saves money. We can always trade for a better reliever down the road, but to get a very good one now we would have to over pay in prospects. Not so with either Axford or Thornton. We might even be able to convince them to eat some of the remaining salary.
The White Sox could keep Matt Thornton for a net $5 million by exercising the 2014 club option. John Axford remains under team control through 2016, although the Brewers might not tender Axford a 2014 contract in light of the righthander's 2013 salary of $5 million.
I doubt the White Sox will trade Thornton or the Brewers will trade Axford "for absolutely no prospects" in a "salary dump" of just $2 million or $3 million. Neither the White Sox nor the Brewers are in dire straits financially.
Just to make things clear, I am interested in these two guys mainly as set up guys. I would stick with Uhe for now and would still lean towards the hope Bailey gets his fast ball back to 96 and he would be a closer option. If both fail I would look towards a better closer option in trade.
As for the salary dump part, why wouldn't the Brewers want to save 2,315,000 dollars for simply losing your number 3 setup guy who you know is leaving anyway? If you owned the Brewers, wouldn't you do that? Why not? I know I would.
And Thornton is owed 2,614,000 dollars and a million dollar buy out on a 6 million dollar deal next year. Six million for a 37 year old so-so setup guy is pretty crazy money. I think they take the buyout.
I don't care whether a team is in financial trouble or not, 2.3 and 3.6 million dollars isn't chump change, even for billionaires. I stand by the thought we might not only get them for a Tony Thomas, but also it makes sense that we could get them to eat a little bit of their contracts aswell. And I think they both would help us now.