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Posted 22 September 2011 - 03:54 PM
One very possible option out there is that of the trade route. There are so many creative ways to pull off trades, 3-team deals, teams just wanting to unload players, bad contract swaps, rebuilding, etc.
We assume the next GM could come in, clean house and start wheelin' & dealin', and hopefully so.
Every off season some soon-to-be-free-agent gets dealt.. So, here are 20 notable names in the (potential) 2013 Free Agent class who could be available via trade this off season (in no particular order).
1. David Wright *
2. Mike Napoli
3. Andre Ethier
4. Josh Hamilton
5. Matt Kemp
6. Matt Cain
7. Carlos Quentin
8. Ichiro Suzuki
9. Shane Victorino
10. BJ Upton
11. Zach Greinke
12. Cole Hamels
13. Colby Lewis
14. Fransisco Liriano
15. Shawn Marcum
16. James Shields *
17. Joakim Soria *
18. Ian Kinsler *
19. Mark Reynolds *
20. Brain McCann *
Some of these guys I'd say "No way in hell get moved" but with others, who knows? Maybe one or several of these names become available this off season and maybe the Cubs find a way to get one of them.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:56 PM
I guess you're right. It would be nice though.
I doubt the Phillies would be open to trading him. Oswalt may be gone soon and Vance Worley gives me a bit of a J A Happ vibe, so they would be smart to keep Hamels with Lee and Halladay possibly eventually giving in to age.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:58 PM
of the other players on your list, I really dont see any of them other than Ichiro, Quentin, or Ethier being traded
Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:18 AM
Posted 23 September 2011 - 07:11 AM
Wright's health issues concern me. He's not "old" yet, but he'll be 29 next year, and has back problems. Not sure he's a great long-term answer, particularly given how much he'll cost (both in dollars and prospects).
Bad Back - see Reed Johnson. That's the type of injury that tends to flare up on a somewhat regular basis. Rarely gets better as you get older.
Posted 23 September 2011 - 07:29 AM
The interesting name here that I would give up a lot for is James Shields.. not sure if the Rays would trade him or not, but he could be the best pitcher on that list not named Matt Cain.
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