Re: Rays picked up option on Shield
posted at 11/3/2012 1:50 PM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
Well, Cecchini is blocked at 3B for 5 years. However, he was also in high A-ball last year, and really, A-ball players should not be considered blocked. A lot can happen between now and them.
I like Webster, but of the top 4, he might be my first chocie to deal. He has some stamina issues and has a history of struggling past 5 or 6 innings. Of course, he is also like 22. But still, that might be a sign that he tops out as a relief arm.
I like Bradley, but he is redundant with Kalish. The big difference between the two is that Bradley will have a wisder trade appeal, due to his service clock and lack of injury history. And really, Kalish was the better hitter at age 22, putting up better numbers than Bradley at higher levels. I would not let Bradley be a sticking point in some deals. I might withhold him for 2 years of Shields. I am not sure how the A's feel about Bradley. They probaby like him, but at some point, they should consider at the very least, suspending all acquistions of center fielders for a year or two. I mean, how many do they have now? Four on the 25-man roster? Young, Crisp, Cespedes, and Cowgill, and one mroe I probably missed because no one fills out depth charts 5 deep. Maybe Beane needs to focus on another positin for a couple years....
I know you think Billy Beane will want a top 4 guy, but do you think the A's would take Tazawa, Lava, Doubront & Marrero (or Lin) for Anderson.
How about: Webster, Tazawa and Lava?
Would TB take Bradley, Lava and Sands/Gomez/Shaw for Shields?