In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to lasitter's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:I'm sure there are more, but it's not common to trade for prospects while in a race. Trading for other ML pieces is more common.
I'm definitely in the "help now" column.
I'm interested in seeing if we could get some piece that could help us with the money freed up by dealing Drew and Salty. Right now it's looking like we might get by with Iggy, Pedro (some UI), Ross and Lava.
I don't know what our most pressing need is, but I'm pretty sure the $12 million (season fraction) could be better spent elsewhere.
"might" is the key word. You want to let go 2 proven MLB players who are on a 1st place club and who are currently doing good, for "might"...Wow...By the way, we have extra $$ if we need to acquire a piece so its not like we HAVE to move someone to make it happen.
I'm not for handing Salty away for nothing as you imply.
I'm for extending him now.
If Ben does not think he will bring Salty back next year, I'd look to trade him to a desperate GM for value that is worth more than 2 months of Salty. It's really that simple.
We can debate wether that value should be a player that helps us now or a player that may help us later.
As for "might happen", have you thought of what "might happen" if Salty slumps like 2011 and 2012 after the deadline passed? Isn't that a significant liklihood as well?
Salty's stock is high for a 2 month rental. Again, I would not give him away. I'd only trade him for a better return.
I have thought about Saltys bad months in the past as you have mentioned. I would still bet on Salty doing better for these reasons. 1)He now has another year of starting under his belt, and the fact hes having a great offensive season so far, I think theres a better chance he doesnt slump as bad or at all the way they are using him and Ross this year. Both guys are being kept fresh and its paying off with saltys offense.
Ross has known these pitchers for 2 months and Lavarnway has even less work with them than that. Just the unfamiliarity alone would scare me if it was those 2 instead of salty and Ross.