Re: Three possible options to trade Lackey?
posted at 10/6/2011 11:25 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Three possible options to trade Lackey?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Three possible options to trade Lackey? : Wells isn't blocking Trout. The GM was. Abreu is the DH, Trumbo is the 1B, and Morales gets hurt every year so it comes down to Hunter and Wells. Sure they'd like to move wells, but the Sox have no place for him. The only way the Angels take Lackey is if they also sent Ellsbury with. Could you imagine an outfield of Ellsbury, Trout and Bourjos. Ouch.
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ACtually, Wells IS blocking Trout. Like it or not, their starting OF right now is Wells, Bourjos and Hunter. Even if they DH Abreu and Morales gets hurt, Trout is still blocked by an ugly contract. The situation is further clouded if Morales does not get hurt, and Trumbo is free to play LF or RF. They could and probably should play Trout over Wells, but that just furthers my point that they would move him for just about anything, including taking Lackey back.
I disagree 100% the Sox have no place for Wells; the Sox have an opening in RF, with only Reddick and maybe Kalish on the depth chart. Wells is also the RHH power bat many claim the Sox need there. However, he is signed for 3 more years at $21mill per, an absolutely ridiculous amount. Yes, 5 years later, Drew’s contract is up and Wells is still owed an 90% of what JD made during the entire length of the deal. And if they do start Trout over Wells, are you saying it would be smarter to keep $21mill committed to a fourth OF for the next 3 years?
A straight up deal of Lackey for Wells saves the Angels just under $16mill, which is reason enough on its own. If the Sox included Daisuke ($10mill) and Jenks ($6mill), the money balances out nearly perfect. So the Angels don’t lose any money, get to play the best prospect they have had in years, and replace an overpaid, unproductive OF for an overpaid an unproductive SP who not only had success with them before, but is also probably a step up from the guy he is replacing (Joel Pineiro – 5.13ERA, 1.510WHIP, and whose 6.20ERA after July 1 was actually slightly higher than Lackey’s 6.10 in that same timeframe). And, if either Jenks or Daisuke is able to come back and return to form even for a few innings, they come out that much further ahead.
If I was GM of the Angels, I make that deal yesterday. They would upgrade in RF, SP, SP depth and bullpen depth, and actually save money equal to Joel Pineiro's salary at the same time. That's not win-win. That's a win-win-win-win-win...