In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to sportsbozo1's comment:
Go get Bud Norris and or bring up one of the kids Ranaudo,Barnes,Britton, or Webster and let them give it their best shot. At all costs get rid of the second coming of JD Drew his sister is stinking up the joint.
I'm not sure Houston is looking to trade a guy like Norris, but they may figure they are more than 2 years away from contending, so maybe he is an option. (His last arb is after the 2015 season.) His WHIP is over 1.400 this year and career. That's not a good sign, but he is entering his prime at age 28. Jordan Lyles is the guy I would want fro the 'Stros, but he's not going anywhere, since his last arb is after 2017.
If we trade for a pitcher this deadline, I think it will be from a team looking to dump salary or a player that is not under team control for beyond 2013 or 2014. Here is a short list of starting pitchers from teams that will likely be out of it by the deadline and may be looking more towards the future or extended future:
Gallardo :$8.5M, :$10M, :$12M
Lohse :$11M, :$11M, :$11M
(Maybe Braun, C Hart or A Ramirez could be added)
Shields :$9M club option ($1.5M buyout), :$12M club option ($1M buyout)
E Santana :$13M club option ($1M buyout)
J Guthrie :$5M, :$11M, :$9M
(Maybe A Gordon, B Butler or Greg Holland can be added)
C Lee :$25M, :$25M, :$25M, :$27.5M club option ($12.5M buyout)
(Maybe Papelbon, Hamels, Howard or others might be added)
San Diego: ???
Out of that list, Id love to get Shields. Without a doubt.
This past winter, I spoke of getting Shields, but was told over an over that the Rays would never trade him within the division. I then mentioned that maybe we could make a trade with the team that does get him, which turned out to be KC- a team dropping from contention.
Shields is better than a 2 month rental, but he'll be a FA after 2014, unless we extend him. Gallardo's not put up the numbers Shields has, but he's signed through 2015.