thedude wrote:Dawgpound 1613 wrote:thomasps3 wrote:thedude wrote:This looks like a sport radio rumor out of Chi-town to me...
If crawford goes on the market, there will be plenty of teams offering more than what chicago can...
This is exactly the reason why this deal makes no sense. After basically being handed Kazmir on a silver platter, their trade expectations over the last year or so have been so far out of whack they have been almost paralyzed, until this trade deadline with the Lugo deal and Gathright deals.
Additionally, I am sure there are dozens of teams out there that would give at least their best two frontline SP prospects for a guarantee of .300/20/50/90 type production at Trot Nixon type money.
Well, one reason for the start of trades again (and I agree that Kaz was the reason for the previous expectations) is a new GM that didn't have the same trade expectations as Lamar.
However, if Crawford is traded (which I doubt), and looking at the TB team, the obvious need is pitching. They have young players at most of the positions. However, a high-paid SP does not fit with TB's limited payroll, so any ChiSox radio personality with a wet dream of dumping one of them for Crawford needs to wake up. Even if McCarthy were added, it makes no sense. The only place it makes sense is if 2-3 young established/semi-established SP were traded and Chicago just doesn't have that.
Now, I could see Crawford getting traded for one reason - he gets them 2-3 SP that are ready for the majors next year. Crawford is one of the oldest (in terms of ML service time) than the "bulk" of the younger players (e.g. Kazmir, Upton, DY, etc.) and I could see them trading Crawford to get the pitching up to speed with their offense.
The thing is, the only team that matches up really well with them (using that criteria) is the Marlins. With Olsen, Johnson, Sanchez, Nolasco and Petit (along with others in the system like Volsted), the Marlins could "afford" to trade 2-3 of those and still have young pitching for next season - not to mention they badly need a CF. There are other teams (e.g. Texas, LAD, ATL) with one or two established young SP, but those teams either are relying on them (i.e. no ready alternatives) or don't really need a CF.
In the end, I doubt Crawford gets traded. But if he does, I really doubt the ChiSox are the destination.
They won't get two young starting pitchers for Crawford (that is a resource that every major league team is valuing very highly right now, Boston for instance would not trade Lester for Andruw Jones at the trading deadline), but they should at least be able to get one young starting pitcher and a couple of highly hitting valued prospects. If TB can get say Wood and Santana for Crawford (which i am sure they can't) they should take it.
I don't know, Thome fetched Haigwood and Gio Gonzalez for PHI last year. I think if TB can find a suitor, then Crawford should bring back at least a couple of top pitching prospects.