flying27 wrote:They should dump Hinske, Towers, McGowan, Adams for Lugo. Get rid of a big collection of trash, and in some cases money, for something nice.
First of all, why would the D Rays take all that payroll (specifically Towers and Hinske) and put it on their team?
And second of all, Julio Lugo really isn't much better than a Russ Adams or Aaron Hill, and he's particularly horrible at defense. He isn't even worth McGowan (who is yes, still a top #5 prospect in this organization), let alone any of those other guys. I'd be surprised to see a GM take on those salaries anyway.
I don't even really think the middle infield is that big of a problem for this team. Even though Adams has hit .240, the team offensively is still doing fine, and will in all likelyhood, continue to do fine. An Adam Kennedy or Julio Lugo acquisition won't really make much of a factor. JP would be much better off going after a back end of the rotation guy, or a good middle reliever. That is, if this team can remain in contention before the July 31 deadline.