George_Foreman wrote:i'll give you the top list (although guys like RJ adn Schilling are really old and really expensive, and if i'm a MLB owner, i'd much prefer the younger guy with arbitration years left), but lacky, contreras, freddy garica, matt moris, kerry wood? no way. these guys are solid pitchers who have had good years, but none have the "stuff" of beckett. they're all older than him, too, and will likely cost more.
young guys with the talent of beckett just don't come around very often, and when they do, you've got to cling to them desperately, IMO.
Those guys u mentioned were under the title "Might take over Beckett". I would take Garcia and Contreras over Beckett. Contreras was dominating in the second half and continued that in the playoffs. Everyone knows he has the stuff to become the ace of a staff. Beckett is injury-prone and has yet to reach that level he was at during the World Series a couple of yrs back. I see this as an excellent trade for the Marlins. Blalock, Mcab, Delgado is a potent lineup. The Marlins get rid of an aging player with no use in Lowell and get rid of their injury-prone star. Some people in this thread are talking about Blalock like he cant change in the future. The bottom line : it frees up some of the money that could be used to retain Delgado while getting a solid young player in return.