baseball6791 wrote:George_Foreman wrote:i'm convinced that if they wanted to, the rays could contend next year by spending an additional $15-20 million next year:
1) sign burnett
2) sign millwood
3) send away delmon young for barry zito
4) sign a couple decent MRs
bam. instant contender for the wild card if not the division.
their offense is already top-notch, and if they could just get a few more decent arms to bring in around kazmir, they'd be set. baez will be fine as closer, and their bullpin wasn't that bad last year.
anyhow, they could probably do all 4 things i mentioned above and still have a payroll about half that of the redsox and 1/4-1/3 of the yankees.
now, i'm not saying it would be in their long-term interest to send away delmon for zito (or to sign burnett and millwood.... both have injury histories and have bounced between elite and mediocrity), i'm just saying that they could do it easily.
There is no way I'd trade Delmon for Zito if I was the D-Rays. I think that even by signing just Burnett and Millwood they could be contenders. The top of their rotation would be Burnett-Millwood-Kazmir which is pretty solid.
you want to deal with Billy Beane and contend?