Re: Who is Üntouchable"?
posted at 7/30/2012 11:16 PM EDT
In Response to Who is Üntouchable"?
[QUOTE]To me, nobody is untouchable. Offer me better compensation than I am giving up, and I'll be for that trade. Here's a rough sketch of my idea of who is closest to being untouchable, based on skillset, potential for improvement, years of team control, cost of contract, and positional needs of this team: Keepers: Bradley, Barnes, Middlebrooks, & Bogaerts (blocked by Pedro?) Papi (at least for 2012) Close to Keepers: Pedroia, Buchholtz, Aceves, Doubront, Morales, Lavarnway, Brentz, Ciriaco (see Bogaerts) Worth Keeping?: Swihart (blocked?), Cecchini (blocked?), Iggy/Marreo (blocked?) Maybe Package in a Trade: Sweeney, Padilla, Bard, Nava, Cook, Tazawa, Albers, Miller, Atchison, Melancon, Mortensen, Pods, Kalish, Ranaudo, Jacobs, Anderson, Gomez, Owens, Britton, T. Shaw, a nd other prospects not listed here. Explore trades but unlikely Dealt: Ellsbury, Beckett, Lester, AGon, Ross, Aviles, Salty, Shoppach, Punto Salary Dumps: Crawford, Lackey, Dice-K
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]
I like Ciriaco but I'd trade him in a heartbeat. He is a reserve middle infielder at best. A sell high candidate if I ever saw one. I love that play he made yesterday in the hole though. What a great play diving and making the throw to 2nd.
Middlebrooks is probably the biggest mis projection I've ever made on a baseball prospect. You have to see some players play before really understanding what they care capable of. I love that kid's swing. And when he does hit it, the ball screams off his bat. He is as fundementally correct as any hitting propsect that I've seen for a while. I think as he develops more patience at the plate he will get even better. Opposing pitchers are going to stop putting the ball over the plate with him the way he is doing damage. I see some problems for a while with his average dropping but over time his OBP should zoom to .380, .390 even. He is a guy every team would want.
No way I trade Swihart but Brentz could be had for a decent return. Great power hitting prospect but not likely to be a star to me. His contact rates and pitch selection are not ideal.
A strong case could be made for selling Morales high. He should be worth quite a bit in this year's market. Texas?
Lots of good discussion items here.