Myers isn't happening, we aren't getting Bogaerts and Bradley, dee gorden and lee aren't enough.
The jays are the best match. They need pitching and they are going for it now.
Arencibia is not enough. I wouldn't even want him on the team.
D'Arnaud and a lower level pitching prospect, or a ML ready relief arm for Dickey
Thats what it will take. We should be happy about it to. D'Arnaud is a superstar in the making.
THEN - Trade Duda and Tapia for Choo
THEN - Sign Cody Ross 3 years/20m
Then Sign Hairston 2 years / 9m
Build the bullpen with hidden gems.
1) Tejada (SS)2) Murphy (2B)3) Wright (3B)4) Davis (1B)5) Choo (RF)6) D'Arnaud (C)7) Ross (LF)8) Den Dekker/Niewenhuis/Hairston (CF)
Wheeler replaces injured santana or worst of Gee or Mejia
"D'Arnaud and a lower level pitching prospect, or a ML ready relief arm for Dickey"
"THEN - Trade Duda and Tapia for Choo"
Lol, yeah right
"THEN - Sign Cody Ross 3 years/20m"
I like Choo, but he is an FA after next season. Boras is his agent, so the liklihood of an extension or any type of discount are pretty slim.
Choo will be one of the bigger FAs next year and the Mets would have plenty of competition for him. I wouldn't think the Mets odds of keeping him beyond 2013 would be good.
Despite all reports to the contrary, I do strongly believe the Blue Jays are willing to part with D'Arnaud for a reigning Cy Young award winner.
They didn't trade for Reyes, Johnson, Bonifacio and Buck (their FOURTH catcher, mind you) for ish and giggles. They see a severely weakened Red Sox franchise, an aging Yankees team, a Rays team losing multiple pieces (Upton and soon, Shields according to rumors) and a rookie playoff team in Baltimore.
They smell blood in the water and like opportunistic sharks, they're GOING FOR IT. Its not often you have divisional powerhouses floundering all at the same time but its happening now and they're going to try their hardest to make the most of it.
I predict they will eventually trade D'Arnaud if we package a B-prospect along with R.A., like Tapia or Dekker.
BTW, I like your trade proposals but it will take more to pry Choo away from Cleveland - thinking more like Gee Duda.
I'd stay away from the aging Cody, whose warning track power would severely suffer and go after Ludwick (prodigious power) instead.
And rearrange the lineup as such:
1. Tejada SS2. Choo RF3. Wright 3B4. Davis 1B5. Ludwick LF6. Murphy 2B7. D'Arnaud C (until he piles ABs and gets comfortable)8. Neiwenhuis CF (who I still believe can be a good ML'er)9. Santana/Harvey/Niese/McHugh/Wheeler
If Ross is getting close to Ludwick money, I'd be calling Hairston's agent in a couple of minutes.
Ross is a nice complimentary player, but his numbers are usually in the .260, .325 OBP, 12-14 HR range. He hit a few more last year playing in Fenway.
Honestly, I want no part of Ross at this point. For what he's going to get his production isn't worth it.
At the end of the season payroll commitments for 2103 were $74 million. They deferred $15 million from Bay's contract.
What happened to the money?
Maybe waiting for the Dickey situation to be resolved.