Re: The next player Ben needs to sign is Shaun Marcum
posted at 11/26/2012 11:03 PM EST
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I still think trading for Brett Anderson and signing Mccarthy is a nice plan for a longer term future.
I'd love to get Brett Anderson, but again, Billy Beane said he wasn't trading Brett Anderson and why would he? The A's plan to contend, he's still affordable and if for some reason the A's aren't competitive at next year's deadline, the contending teams will be fighting over him. He's not going anywhere this offseason, unless it's a gross overpay and I doubt the Sox Front Office would be willing to be the team that does "overpay" for him.
1) GMs often say they aren't going to trade someone right before trading them.
2) The A's did pretty well without Anderson in 2012 and have a pretty deep rotation without Anderson and McCarthy.
3) The A's have huge weaknesses at a few positions: catcher (we have a surplus), SS (Bogaerts?), and offense upgrades anywhere.
Plus, I think if we give the A's 2 of Tazawa, Morales or Doubront, their staff will not be hurt that badly by losing Anderson. Then, give them Lava or Salty and they have a huge upgrade at catcher.
If they only take one pitcher, we could give them Bogaerts instead.
Yes, Moon, General Managers "say they're not trading a guy, then trade them" to beat writers when everyone is expecting the General Manager to trade them. This isn't the case. It makes no sense to trade him right now, which I've already explained to you more than once.
One thing I do know is that Bogaerts is pretty much untouchable. There is zero chance the Sox trade him for a Brett Anderson. The only way they would ever trade this kid right now is in a package for a "franchise type" player, because that's exactly what they feel he is going to be. The organization is a little higher on him than you have been in the last year. Many in the organization think he is going to be a superstar and his makeup is tremendous, something this Front Office puts a high value on.
By the way, McCarthy is a free agent. There are no guarantees that he is coming back.