Re: Who could we package for an ace?
posted at 5/6/2012 3:46 AM EDT
Finding a true "ace" who is on a non-contending team willing to trade him is hard enough. Unless he is way overpaid, the return package would have to be enormous (see the Sox offer for King Felix that was reortedly turned down by Seattle).
We do have some top prosects that I'm sure other teams want, such as, Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Bogaerts, Barnes, and to a lesser extent Iggy, Kalish, Ranaudo, Cecchini, Swihart, Brentz, Lin, Jacobs, Bradley, Anderson, and Coyle.
We also have some young & cheap players on out current roster that other teams would like:
Doubront (24), Morales (26), Tazawa (26), Bard (27), Mortensen (27), Melancon (27), Sweeney (27), Salty (27), and Ellsbury (28).
It's hard to know what other team's GMs think of our prospects and young ML players, and I'd bet some might like a guy like Salty or Melancon, while others might only want them as "throw-ins".
A contending team might take Salty and Melancon for a good prospect.
Another might take Doubront and Tazawa for a better prospect.
Another might take Sweeney and Mortensen for a nice prospect.
put these three prospects together and package them with 2-3 of our own, and maybe we could sctratch and claw our way to finding and getting a true ace.
It won't be easy.
A trade involving Ellsbury and prospects might get us one, but then we'd have another huge gap to fill in CF. (I'd rather have to fill that gap than a huge gap on the staff.)