Cubswin11 wrote: Bertz wrote:
Post Count Padder wrote:I'm a big fan of Mallex Smith. I know I mentioned him before but I think he'd thrive in Wrigley and wouldn't cost too much.
Also, Ian Kennedy has been incredible out of the Royals pen. If they're picking up some of the tab to move his contract, he also might be a nice option that wouldn't cost much.
I wonder if something like Chatwood for Kennedy would work. Kennedy is obviously better at this point, but he's owed more money and the Royals are in a position to throw Chatwood out there every fifth day and see what he'd do with regular innings.
We'd probably have to throw in something else to make it work, but I don't think it would have to be that big of a piece.
Chatwood, Happ and a not great prospect for Kennedy and Gordon. Figure out some money coming our way this year and the Royals way next year.
I'd be up for that. Sounds like Gordon won't waive his NTC, though that's not always real.
I think generally, with Kimbrel in the fold, there are three things I want to accomplish before the deadline:
1. Fix the bench. CarGo and Descalso are basically forcing us to play with a 23 man roster right now. Between those two, Robel, and Happ I bet we can figure one spot out internally, but the other NEEDS to be an outsider. I like Howie Kendrick, but there's realistically dozens of guys who could plug the whole, so I'm not going to get too attached to any one in particular
2..Get another lefty reliever. I actually like Kyle Ryan, and I get the vibe I might be the only one on this board who does, but I still prefer him as the second lefty out of the pen. Tony Watson is my guy here.
3. Dump one of the long relievers. I like Mike Montgomery, but dude sucks as a short reliever and aside from one glorious night always has. Tyler Chatwood's obviously unreliable. Having both of them taking up roster spots really limits flexibility. Now with Kimbrel, we're already in a position where we have to play Dodgers DL shenanigans just to bring back Carl, much less add someone from outside the org or add a Morrow/Alzolay/Maples. I still believe in Montgomery as a solid #4 starter, and I'm sure at least a dozen teams do too, so maybe we could kill two birds with one stone and use him to get most of #1 or #2.
The good news is that as far as trade deadline to do lists go, that's not a very heavy lift. And the last few deadlines, teams not shopping at the top of the market have generally gotten great deals.