I know I might get killed for this... but why not trade Frankie Rodriguez? He is just too sketchy as a closer in my book. We have Shields, who can legitimately be a 2 inning closer... Donnelly would be a 7th or 8th guy (depending on Shields usage) and Carrasco be a 6h or 7th guy with Romero being the lefty specialist.
I'd trade Francisco Rodriguez, Ervin Santana, and Dallas McPherson for Miguel Cabrera and possibly some minor league throw ins.
Then we'd finally have some stinking protection for Vlad as well as a stud 3B or OF... depending on what we do with Figgy, Erstad, Rivera, and GA. Our bullpen will still be good enough to hold the leads we'd be getting with MCab in this lineup. I mean I love Ervin Santana, but you gotta give up a stud to get a stud. Plus it will free up a rotation spot for Jered Weaver to come back up.
If anyone else thinks I'm crazy, go ahead, fire away. But I think we could get a lot of value for Frankie if we traded him... although I don't see that happening...
This is out of the top of my head so we could definitely tweak the deal around. I'm just tired of the same old crap we put out there everyday. We need to shake things up, and we wouldn't be mortgaging our farm system either.