Rany said this morning on the radio that he thinks the following package would net David Price from the Rays:
Eric Hosmer (gets it most of the way there on his own) +
Jason Adam (type/level) + Robinson Yambati/Sugar Ray Marimon type
I would do that trade. It would be hard to give up Hos, but worth it...
I love Hosmer, but David Price is controlled almost as long (FA in 2016 vs. FA in 2017). There's also the possibility of negotiating an extension that buys out a few FA years in return for more up front.
Something like that is probably the only way they get a true ace in there.
Insert David Price in my rotation projection from earlier (as at that point, they probably don't sign someone like Anibal Sanchez).
Kevin Millwood/Carlos Villanueva/Joe Saunders/etc. (stopgap!)
Bruce Chen/Will Smith/Luis Mendoza
with Paulino and/or Duffy pushing somebody late.
The lineup takes a potential hit long-term, but you've still got several talented young hitters to build around in Moose, Myers, Perez. Gordon and Butler are just entering their primes. Escobar appears to be a solid hitter, especially considering his defense.
That's a good rotation, with a true TOR guy. The lineup should still be productive.
Could make 2013 very interesting.
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