I know, I know... every time you rosterbate, God kills a kitten. Well, good thing that I'm a dog person instead! Seriously though, with all the talk of bringing in offensive reinforcements via trade, I can't believe that the conversation has not focused on Brad Hawpe.
Now, I'm not sure that the Rockies would trade the burgeoning star that's currently manning RF for them; and even if they do, I have my concerns about what Colorado might require in order to let him go. That said, I think he'd be worth a healthy package in return.
This is his Age 30 season (turns in June), but his stats seem to indicate that he's not in decline (this is shaping up to be his best year with a 1.031 OPS). Moreover, his splits show that he's not a Coors Field mirage (.895 OPS on the road this year and .889 in 2006-2008) unlike his more celebrated former teammate who is predicatably underwhelming in his new home. He has a favorable contract ($5.5M in '09, $7.5M in '10 and a $10M team option with a $500K buyout in '11) and the versatility to play either outfield corner (something we could use and may need). What's not to like???
Now, I won't speculate too much as to what we might have to give up to get him because I honestly don't know. What I can say is that proposals with Jo-Jo Reyes, Kenshin Kawakami or Jeff Francouer are patently ridiculous and I would hope that people don't waste anyone's time with them in the comments. The same goes for more expensive vets, even if they're performing well, because such a deal would mean that the Rox are fully commiting to rebuilding. Maybe something like Medlen OR Morton and Brandon Jones...