mikekim2121 wrote:Ive never been a big fan of trading Tejada but at this point, I would not mind it one bit if we could get atleast 2 big time prospects in return.
I completely agree and would support a trade for a couple of prospect bats (preferably close to major-league ready) for Tejada. I am not sure what trading partners there are out there, but the Angels always immediately spring to my mind. I remember the Cubs and Red Sox having interest last offseason.
mikekim2121 wrote: Realistically, I really don't know how we are going to be able to make a serious impact with two mega markets like NY and Boston in our division, not to mention the Blue Jays being very active lately. We have some solid players like Tejada, Roberts, Hernandez, Markakis, Gibbons, and Mora. But even with that core we're not even close to competing.
Well, the Yanks will always be a playoff contender with their payroll, but I think the other AL East teams should go through the same ups and downs as we do. The O's have spent money before with Angelos, and I do not think that is out of the question if we were close to competing.
Why did we resign Mora to a 3 year deal? He is on the downside of his career, and just finished up a very average year, and we pay up big to extend his contract? Maybe he will bounce back somewhat next year, but I think that is a very poor decision.
I just think we have to be careful not to get locked into too many big contracts during this rebuilding. Trade Tejada for some prospects. Keep the nucleus of Roberts, Markakis, Hernandez, Gibbons, and Patterson, and hope our pitching develops over the next few years. If the starting staff pans out like we hope, then you can make a play for an extra slugger in the lineup with the money that you didn't waste on bad contracts (like Mora's).