TribeinLA wrote:Damn it, I made a long drawn out post of the moves I think we should make and why I thought each made sense...I'll just shorten up. Feel free to criticize me. I can take it. Here is me playing GM:
Trade R Perez and J Smith to SD for Ryan Ludwick and a PTBN.
SD does not need two veteran relief pitchers, but we do if we are in a playoff race.
Trade M La Porta and J Gomez to Colorado for Chris Ianetta. Helton is 38 and the Rockies are going to need another 1b soon. Let Santana play 1b everyday. Let Marson backup Ianetta.
Helton is having a very nice year and has two more years left on that contract. LaPorta can't play the OF, especially not at Coors Caynon, meaning he's pretty much useless to the Rockies.
Trade C Phelps and lower level prospect to Oakland for Coco Crisp. Crisp is over 30 now and has lost pop in his bat, but he's a better base stealer now than he was when he was 25.
Probably the only deal you outlined that might actually be feasible. Problem for me is that the only thing Crisp is doing better than Brantley right now is steal bases (number, not %). I'm not sure that means all that much, considering you'd have to give up something to actually get Crisp versus sticking with a younger, cheaper version of him. Don't know if it was you that didn't like MB's OBP as a leadoff hitter. Well, take a look at Crisp's. It's actually worse.
If you are going to pick up more offense and move Santana to first, I'd stick with Marson as my starting catcher. Defensively he's superior to Ianetta, and his handling of the staff seems to be quite good. You can sacrifice a bit of offense and have it made up in what Marson brings to the team as a solid defensive catcher. He knows this staff fairly well, having caught most of them the past two years here and in AAA. Ianetta has no familiarity with anyone on the staff and throws runners out at the same rate as Sanatana.