by Mike DePilla
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Not that I am in the business of telling Kenny Williams what to do (though secretly I do just that anyway), but with all this Roy Halladay/general trade deadline talk lately, I thought I would throw my trade proposal into the hat:
Blue Jays get:
One other mid-level prospect
White Sox get:
Yes, this is pretty close to a completely-emptying-the-cupboard move. And there's no assurance, even with all the talent there, that would be enough to get Halladay and Rolen. But it's worth a shot. Here's my reasoning.
Roy Halladay is, in case you don't follow the sport of baseball, the best pitcher in the sport of baseball. He's a 200+ inning per year workhorse who goes deep into games and sports gaudy stats, from the biggies like wins, ERA and WHIP to the so-called peripherals like HR allowed, K/BB, K/9, BB/9, etc. On top of that, he has a fair market contract. There really isn't any further need to make a case for acquiring Halladay.
The key to this is Rolen. The Jays are going to want talent in return for Halladay--Brian Anderson, Josh Fields and Chris Getz sadly isn't going to get it done. One guy they might be interested in is Alexei, a young, cheap, exciting and athletic player. While it might hurt the Sox at the dish, losing Alexei might fit perfectly into my idea of improving the Sox defensively. Imagine moving Gordon Beckham to his natural position of SS, where his defense would be roughly the same as Alexei "La-La Land" Ramirez, and moving Rolen and his stellar D to the hot corner.
Pitching and defense wins championships. It's unlikely the Sox could go all the way with the porous defense they're currently sporting. But bringing in a vet to shore up the D and bring stability to the infield would settle a few concerns, and improve the pitching over night.
The fact that Scott Rolen is having an above-average season at the plate-- .325 average, .386 OBP and a 24-game hitting streak-- is a bonus. The key is his glove.
Considering I question his defense, baseball IQ and approach at the plate, I'm far from Alexei Ramirez's biggest fan, but even I acknowledge that it would be a significant blow to lose his bat in the line up. To me, that's just the price you have to pay to bring in a guy like Halladay.
Aaron Poreda and Tyler Flowers are also top prospects, but again I am willing to sell high on these guys- possibly selling out the future just a tad to improve the Sox chances in '09.
Last week I mentioned two other guys the cash-strapped Blue Jays are looking to dump. There's no question the team is in salary-cutting mode, as despite their hit start to the season they're all but eliminated in the deep AL East. Would you be willing to part with the amount of young talent it would take to bring in a Cy Young award winner like Halladay? Would you go the extra mile to shore up the Sox infield defense and bring playoff-tested, veteran stability to the line up?
Tough choices for Kenny. Whatever he does, I'll be here with more, uh, "advice."
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