RynMan wrote:A shame that this had to turn into another A-Rod argument.
I don't have any trade rumours really, but speaking as an A's fan I have looked thoroughly through this year's crop of free agents and there is no solid Right Handed power bats on that list - which is what the A's have publicly expressed interest in - well, any that they are likely to land. Konerko will likely be snatched up by the Angels or Mets, Billy won't sign Piazza.
Which leads me to the conclusion that Zito will be traded this offseason to acquire the hitter that they need. His stock is high, not alot of solid starters on the market this offseason, this is his last year under contract.
The way Haren, Blanton and Saarloos threw last year was way above expectations. Add Kennedy into the mix along with Harden the ace and there is your rotation. I wouldn't feel comfortable going into 06 depending on that youth but hey, Billy just might.
Hm, what calibur hitter you think they'd be going after with Zito. Example?
Anyways, regarding the Braves, they have a ridiculous amount of trading pieces/extra players/prospects this year... what Schuerholz is going to do with this is going to be very interesting.
Estrada should and probably will be traded, as McCann is better at this point in his career, and will only improve. Johnny is a ML Starting Catcher, not a backup. His offense is better than this year, once he gets healthy from that Erstad collision this offseason. Possible destination is the Padres... maybe in a deal to try to get Otsuka or Linebrink. (Other players included, of course)
LaRoche or Marte might be dealt, with Chipper possibly playing 1B if LaRoche is dealt... Adam got really hot at the end of the year, what Braves fans thought he'd be like all year. Still ended up with 20 HR's, solid I guess, but not from your 1B... Marte deserves his shot, but can't play the OF.
Chuck James, Anthony LeRew, Horacio Ramirez, and John Thomson all have a chance to be traded, too. There aren't many spots in the rotation... Smoltz, Huddy, Davies are probably going to be in it, but the other 2 are up for grabs. I think the Braves might look to trade for a #2 type starter or something with all the extra talent they have. Thomson is damn good when healthy (see beinning of the year), and will only be around 4.75 Mil. next year, so he might get dealt to a team looking for a solid starter (many)
I think Saltalamacchia has reached untouchable status in the minors.