So let's be honest. Our only consolation for this season thus far is that we're actually closer to Anaheim than New York is to Boston.
Normally, a good thing. This year, not so much.
So who's on the roster that we should be shopping around, and what can they get us?
Mark Teixeira: He's the most valuable chip we've got. He's walking after 2008. You know it. I know it. We all know it. So while he's got more than 1 1/2 years on his contract, let's get a king's ransom for him. Tim Cowlishaw writes the bounty
we can get, and I like the idea.
Sammy Sosa: Past his prime? Older than dirt? Used to be on steroids? Corked bat? He's still on pace for 30 homers, and that should be good for a couple decent prospects.
Kenny Lofton: A veteran center fielder who can help a contending team ('04 Dave Roberts, anyone?)
Eric Gagne: If we can get him the save opps, we can show the world his talent. And a rent-a-closer can get you some decent prospects from, say, the Tigers or Indians. Remember Ugueth Urbina?
Akinori Otsuka: He's not just a rent-a-closer; he's under control through 2009. A 2 1/2 year closer/set-up man is definitely prospect central.
Jack Benoit (sp?): Not quite the same level as above-two, but should be able to draw a mid-level prospect.
Ron Mahay: Same as Jack.
Brad Wilkerson: I wish he had some, ANY, trade value.
So what does this add up to? I think 2 or 3 major-league ready players, plus another 9 to 10 prospects of varying potential.
Anyone else have thoughts on this?