Well yeah that would be the point. Russell makes a strong primary piece for a SP trade (probably as good of a piece to dangle as any team has so I think a play for Stroman is certainly plausible) and we can probably bet on Cozart at least being an excellent defender and good bet for 2ish WAR with a good bit of realistic upside beyond that. Plus he might not cost a pick to sign.Cubswin11 wrote:We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Totally on board with signing Cozart and trading whichever SS they decide needs to go. Addy's in-season circus and stagnant offense make me think he'll be the one.
Russell and Cozart are pretty much the same offensive players for their career even throwing in Cozart’s outlier year at 32. They both literally have a .309 career wOBA and 90 WRC+. Unless Cozart is going all Babe Murphy I’d say it’s a pretty good bet Russell is better than him over the life of whatever contract Cozart gets. Unless we are getting Stroman for Russell I’m not trading him.
It's a very risky move because Russell still has so much room for growth but I see it as the move that can land that hugely important CCSP without doing a tremendous amount of damage to the roster.