C Brian McCann* 1B Adam Dunn* 2B Reid Brignac 3B Alex Rodriguez* SS Derek Jeter OF Carl Crawford OF Matt Holliday* OF Andrew McCutchen UT Evan Longoria UT Curtis Granderson UT Ryan Zimmerman* B Mike Stanton DL Chase Utley* DL Jacoby Ellsbury DL Ian Kinsler*
SP Roy Halladay* SP CC Sabathia* SP Ubaldo Jimenez SP Johan Santana* SP Clay Buchholz SP Brett Anderson SP Ted Lilly SP Johnny Cueto SP Max Scherzer SP Jorge De La Rosa
This would certainly be a no-go for me if you were able to keep Zimmerman, but with his contract ending for you, I think this is good value for your team heading down the stretch. Wigginton is a jack of all trades and can be plugged in across the infield, and Sanchez is a quality pitcher that you can add to an already great rotation. I like this for you, and think it betters your chances to win this year.
My hesitation: The team I would be trading with is only 3.5 games behind me in the same division and has great pitching but needs some power. So the risk is that I help him fill in his gaps and bolster him. Thoughts?
sigriffey wrote:My hesitation: The team I would be trading with is only 3.5 games behind me in the same division and has great pitching but needs some power. So the risk is that I help him fill in his gaps and bolster him. Thoughts?
Thanks for the context, and yes, that certainly does change things.. If he has great pitching, would you be able to squeeze more out of him than Sanchez? If not, I would shop Zimmerman some more - there is bound to be a guy in need of a quality 3B. See what kind of arm you can get from other teams, and reassess. If the value from across the league isn't matching, then I would reconsider this deal. You are in a good spot at the moment, and unless you are in love with this deal, I see no harm in staying put. You have a good set of pitchers, and your bats are certainly strong enough to withstand the Utley time out. I still contend that this trade would help you this year - but knowing this context, it may just help the other team more, resulting in a net loss.