Matthias wrote:For example, Tampa? Seriously? Atlanta's value if they don't trade Tex is 2 1st-rounders (or a 1st rounder and a sandwich pick, really)... so any team trading for Tex will have to beat that value. Do you think Tampa is going to trade away young talent that's better than 2 high draft picks given that it would be a certainty that they wouldn't resign Tex? I don't.
Wouldn't Tampa get the 2 high draft picks AND Tex during a playoff chase? Of course there is no way that he is worth young talent that is better than 2 high draft picks...
But I don't think he's headed to the Rays. Or pretty much anywhere during this season. But I don't think he'll be a brave next year (but there is a chance).
Ahh, but you made the mistake of thinking that Matthias knows what the heck he is talking about. You are right, the team that trades for him gets 2 picks if they lose him. I agree he doesn't go anywhere, but a Rays team that has ridiculous depth at SP definitely has the pieces to get him, and if they want to make a statement to their fans that they are ready to compete then this is a move I could see them making. (Same for any other perennial loser).
Now come the off season I dont think they can sign/resign him unless they blow him away. Here are the teams I think will go after him (in order of likelihood of getting him.
1. Yankees- Money money money money money
2. Baltimore - Hometown, showing signs of improvement and Angelos has made it clear he is ready to spend
3. Mets- Money
4. Braves - Wife is from Georgia, likes the area, may be willing to give them a discount
5. Texas - He liked playing there and they have the checkbook