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The second move is to call up old friend Theo Epstein with the Cubs and make him an offer: Trade to get Alfonso Soriano's next two seasons and the last year that Matt Garza is under club control, sending Chicago a package of Kalish, Saltalamacchia and minor-league prospects Alex Wilson and Matt Barnes.
By the way...how did we miss his last article?
Cincinnati Reds trade CF Billy Hamilton, C Devin Mesoraco, RHP Mike Leake, RHP Sam LeCure and RHP Daniel Corcino to the Minnesota Twins for CF Denard Span, LF Josh Willingham, IF Jamey Carroll and IF Daniel Santana.
The Reds are in win-now mode, and as exciting a prospect as Hamilton is, what is he? A shortstop in the minors, he’s being moved to center field. He has some hitting and on-base skills, but no power, and his adjustment to major league pitching may take a couple of years. As is, he needs a year in Triple-A.
Wait? So the Red Sox would trade their best pitching prospect to receive Soriano? I would argue that the cost of getting the Cubs out from under two years of Soriano is Garza. If the Cubs are providing salary relief as part of the deal, then you can talk about giving young talent to the Cubs. This is where the Red Sox payroll flexibility actually could be useful.
$36 million. Age 37 and 38 seasons. Thanks, anyway.
I think he may have missed one aspect of Billy Hamilton's talent.
hamilton could be impactful soon even for a team that's in win now mode.
Hamilton's still got to show that he can sting the ball consistently against better pitchers. Guys whose offensive arsenal consists mostly of singles and walks tend not to have long major league careers.
Philadelphia Phillies trade LHP Cliff Lee, OF Nate Schierholtz and LHP Antonio Bastardo to the Texas Rangers for 3B Mike Olt, LHP Martin Perez, OF Leonys Martin and RHP Cody Buckel.
if they have a healthy and productive halladay, lee is kind of superfluous.
Wouldn't you agree, though, that Hamilton appears to have that rare talent who could make this work? I mean, there are indeed a few speedy, patient slap hitters who have successful careers. Doesn't he seem like a good bet to be one of those? (If your point is just that he still has some work to do in the minors, then I agree.)
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