Post Count Padder wrote:Brett at Bleacher Nation gave some thoughts on all that Heyward to SF rumor nonsense and suggested something like Heyward for Cueto and Melancon, freeing up some money for Harper in the long run/giving us another SP option in 2020 after Cueto rehabs. Not great, but that's one possible way to be free of Heyward's contract.
I read that and the Cueto idea is a little interesting, basically acquire the Hamels/Chatwood replacement this year for next year while he rehabs (in theory, maybe he’s just toast). Cueto and Melancon ups the LT hit the next two years pretty significantly though. It would be interesting if reducing the LT hit or minimizing the total dollars owed to guys are what we want to do the most.
The total savings on a Heyward for Cueto/Melancon swap really isn’t all that significant though. The overall savings is $12 million, Heyward is owed ~$106 mil yet and those two owed ~$94 mil but it’s likely mostly negated when factoring in penalties for the increased upper LT tax the next two years and time value of the money paid out sooner on Cueto and Melancon vs over the longer life of Heyward’s deal as both guys deals are done sooner than Heyward’s.
In the end this trade really doesn’t put us in that much better of a spot. Heyward and prospects for just one of those guys could be something that helps quite a bit though.
I also do really like the Chatwood for Russell Martin swap they mentioned in the article as well (Martin is owed more this year, Chatwood just a little more overall but Martin has a higher LT hit). If we could pull off something like Chatwood, Kintzler (Kintzler to offset money/LT this year and maybe we throw money back next year), and prospects for Martin and then Heyward + prospects and/or money for Cueto that could really help reduce some long term money, the LT doesn't end up in all that better shape for this year though.