approach Minnesota about Glen Perkins and Ryan Doumit (both of whom have reasonable contracts for the next 2-3 years)....they need starting pitching,we'd be taking some salary off their hands....Perkins has been very effective in the pen and Doumit upgrades us offensively at a position of minimal offensive contribution for us.....
i'd offer some combination of Gee,Edgin,Turner or Marte...they'd be getting a starter,starting second baseman they'd have control over,plus Edgin who could replace Perkins over the next year or so
roster move would be to bring up Matt Harvey,he appears to be ready and has pitched well in a number of his most recent starts
(other relievers i'd take a look at would be Matt Belisle from Colorado and Brayan Villareal from the Tigers,Detroit is desperate for starting pitching and is in wild card race....)
just an idea
well we might have to "tweak" the deal i guess,i was just putting out what i think would be fair,but you're right we may have to overpay somewhat.....while they just extended Doumit he is their backup catcher and Gee would be an inexpensive 4th or 5th starter for them
but,yeah,i see Minnesota,Detroit, or Colorado as being good fits for us
adding Doumit with any kind of second half improvement from Ike,plus having Tejada from the right side plus anything we get from Bay might be enough of an offensive improvement
Parnell,Perkins,Frank as a base 7th,8th,9th
and importantly Doumit and Perkins wouldn't be rentals
It does look like Doumit is playing every day though. I guess he's DH'ing half the time, catching the rest. And the other thing is they apparently expect Perkins to take over as closer once Capps is either dealt or becomes a FA at the end of the season.
Gee is proving to be pretty solid and would be under control for them longer so maybe that is indeed enough as a centerpiece for a deal. It's certainly something we should explore.
they have a guy Burton who's closing now and has been very solid.....Doumit probably has been DH'ing and also played a few games in the outfield
i have nothing against Gee but i'm not sure if he's part of our long term plans....the Twins are possibly losing Liriano and Pavano to FA and might need starting help
we might be able to offer the same package for Detroit's Villareal plus but i don't know if they have any available hitting upgrades for us....
Baltimore is starter depleted and bullpen rich....maybe we package Hairston and Gee for a couple of relievers?
trying to match up what we have that other teams might need....i think i mentioned above something about a package of Gee and Hairston to the O's who are reliever rich but starter poor and in need of some offense..they're getting virtually nothing from second base from Roberts so maybe Gee and Turner for a solid reliever and prospect?
after Verlander the Tigers starters are pretty horrendous and they've got a number of good relievers too....
one of the sad issues is if Doumit is a catcher with a mitt of iron who can hit he's better than anything we have in our system.....our best option in-system is the tandem of Nickeas and Thole...we don't have much all the way down to probably Blake Forsythe at St. Lucie and then Camden Maron at Savannah,neither of which appears to be separating themselves from being an average prospect at best
catching is at a premium such that Doumit even though he's only the backup for Mauer may not be available....
outfielders we have,outfield and infield prospects we have,what we don't have is catching
Doumit may not be perfect but his 33 rbis sure look better than 9
and as a result of this deal we'd still have Thole to catch Dickey if that's the best scenario
I like Ryan alot, but he definately has his faults. Defense is not his strong suit. Anywhere you put him; catcher, first, left, it's all bad.
Problem is I can't make any valid arguments to yours. You make valid points.