First I want to say that I have said many times that I believe Iggy would hit MLB pitching. So far (SSS) he is. I do expect his numbers to normalize though. Although Middlebrooks hasnt hit much at all this year, even before the injury, he looked good at the plate in AAA last night. A good sign.
This poses a problem at SS. Some here cant wait to get rid of Drew. Although I think its a possibility, I dont think its very likely right now. Maybe at the deadline if a good offer is made. A solid SS is usually needed by a couple teams. But I still have some concerns doing that.
Now, I love what I see from Iggy and I can now see him possibly being the starting SS soon, but what happens if Iggy gets hurt? Or Middy gets hurt? Both have had their share of injuries, especially Iggy. What happens if Iggy goes back to being a 200BA 260OBP? Middy goes back into a big slump? You want Ciriaco or Holt holding things down? Thats why Id wait a little bit and see how things play out before I think about making any moves right now. Just something to think about.
Trade Ells? This one I could see as a slight possibility, but I dont think you get much for him. Especially after his recent DL stint. You would probably have better luck with the comp pick next year. Maybe some GM is willing to give up a decent prospect that we would otherwise get in the comp round. I dont think JBJ is fully ready yet, so Im not sure this one even happens.
Salty? No way. I dont see this happening at all. His offense is much better this year and although hes just average defensively, he does a great job with our staff. They feel comfortable with him back there. Like the way he calls a game and he knows them enough to help work them through problems when they occur. Theres is much more to catching than just numbers. Im sorry, by you cant give Ross Saltys workload and think you will get the same results, no matter how you want to look at it. Trading salty this year, especially if they are right in the PO run, would be a big bone-headed move. There is even a possibility they resign him and start him until Vasquez is ready.
Its great to see the kids playing well, without a doubt. I just dont think you hand them the keys right now. Farrell and Ben will possibly have some tough decisions to make soon and I wouldnt want to be in their shoes in that regard. Trades are certainly possible, but you have to consider what got them this far, DEPTH, and if you want to risk losing that depth going into the toughest part of the season. We have a good thing going the way it is, dont try and fix whats not broke. At least not right now. A lot can happen between now and the end of July.