Let's get one thing clear: I'm not THAT worried, I'm just being proactive, creative, and vigilant. Under the impossibly impossible scenario that McLouth doesn't work out for us this year (hahaha), and by work out I mean he doesn't hit above .250, would anyone object to a move for B.J. Upton? The more I think about it, the more I like it. We'd be making a move for a player when his stock is considerably lower than it was during his HR binge in the 08 playoffs -- essentially Upton is good for 40 SBs, some occasional pop, and good defense. Did I mention he could patrol center field for us? Look at his stats since 07, and tell me when we can't get a good deal for this guy.
You guys don't need me to tell you that we have pitching coming out our ears. I know what you're going to say -- "You can't never have enough starting pitching" -- but we might be the exception to that rule. Come August we'll have Medlen, Kawakami, Rodrigo Lopez, and Mike Minor -- all in the Minors. The point of developing talent is to then flip that talent for established ML players that can help the team NOW, or call the talent up to help the team NOW. Since we have Major League ready talent in the Minors that we probably won't ever have space for in ATL, why not offload it for someone like Upton? Hell I was thinking we open up talks for Justin Upton -- AZ is already in rebuild mode and you can make the argument that he'd do better for both parties with a change of scenery. The kid is already a stud, but AZ would move him for the right package. Originally I thought we could do some damage if we move for Jose Reyes, but AGon is probably more valuable from a clubhouse standpoint. Regardless, with Teheran & Delgado waiting in the wings, we really should play around with our pieces such as Jurrjens, Minor, Beachy, in order to acquire a real speed/power threat that can hit in the 2-Hole, or even switch with JHey and bat 6th. Not to mention dude is RH. Balance, baby,
My money says this year, we're gonna make some kind of move -- it's what I love about this organization, when we need to make a move, we make one, regardless of how it's turned out -- ie, Javier Vasquez, Tex, McLouth, DLee, Wickman, etc. The questions is: if you're Frank Wren, do you use those pitching chips to pry away another batting piece? And who's bat would it be?
Knowing the kind of package these teams would need, and given the players' impact, which BAT would YOU trade move for?
B.J. Upton (88 votes)
Jose Reyes (24 votes)
Justin Upton (118 votes)
Carlos Beltran (7 votes)
237 total votes