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A Paxton trade proposal

Goodness knows that DiPoto plays well with the St. Louis suits; witness the Tank for Marco trade.  Oh, Mike Leake, too.

So let's go back to that well once again, in a trade that makes good sense and helps both squads.

The Cards already have a set of frontline young arms in Flaherty, Martinez and Mikolas.  A Paxton addition would certainly put them in place to challenge Chicago and Milwaukee again.  Rumors are that they are looking for bullpen help, as well.  We happen to have one of those Colomes laying around.  Dangle both those guys in front of the Cardinals' FO types and you would get some lick-smacking interest in a hurry.

Rumor also has it that the Cards are willing to part with 1B Jose Martinez and just install masher Matt Carpenter at 1B. They also have Matt Adams, again.  Jose Martinez is a hitting machine who somehow didn't get to the majors for real until he was 28.  He still has 4 years of control left, will be only 30 next season and has a career .309-.372-.478 line.  Really.  Here you go.  https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/martijo08.shtml

They also have a young arm in Luke Weaver who has already had some big league success.  https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/weavelu01.shtml?utm_campaig...

And finally, they have two young catching prospects in Carson Kelly (No. 78, has hit in AAA but not in three cups of coffee in the bigs. Tough defensively) and Andrew Knizner (who has a .310-.373-.460 line in 3 MiLB seasons.  Just hit that well at AA).

So here's my offer to St. Louis:  Paxton and Colome for Martinez, Weaver and Knizner/Kelly.  OK, we may have to throw in a young arm, but I have no problem with that.

Such a trade isn't a tear-down/rebuild but sort of a renovation.  Martinez is a gem.  The guy is Edgar-esque.  His presence allows you to iniclude Healy in some package....or Vogs. When White is big-league ready, then Martinez goes to DH. If he's really available, I'm all in.  And if he's there to be had, a Paxton gets it done.

Let the ink dry on that swap and then I'm making a call down the California coast to San Diego.  The Padres have a glut of OF'ers and no place to play them all.

I'm sending Kyle Lewis (age 23) to the Friars for Hunter Renfroe (age 26, arb eligible in '20, FA in '24).  Renfroe's bat is sort of what you hope Lewis' will become.  He brought his K rate down last year and his Avg. and BB rate went up.  He's not terrible on defense, either.  I like Ben Gamel, but Hunter Renfroe is way better, and no more expensive.  He hit 26 HR's in each of the past two seasons, in just 449 and 441 PA's.  I would send them Dee Gordon, but that doesn't get it done.  So I'm still stuck with him.  To tell you the truth, I'm not that high on Lewis.  I will probably be wrong, but there you go.  From the Padre point of view, they get a young guy, at least two years away...a guy very highly regarded by many, to add to their terrific farm system.  There could be a part to add on either side here.  No problem.  Edit:  As I think about this trade, we will have to add to it, I think. 

Smith-Segura-Cano-Martinez-Haniger-Renfroe-Seager-Healy/Vogs- and some sort of catcher isn't a bad lineup at all.  There's some run scoring potential there.

Ah.....in my dreams, I suppose.  But I think we could get something like this done.

If we were to go sign Wlad, then you hope he's Renfroe without the Lewis loss. Or you get them both and use the DH slot as a day of rest for guys like Haniger, Wlad, Renfroe.  

Edit:   As I peruse the Net looking for rumored availabilities, it appears the Tigers could trade C James McCann.  He’s pretty good defensively but coming off a terrible year with the bat.  Sodomojo suggests a Vogs trade for him.  Ah.....I kind of like keeping Vogelbach, but am resigned to us dumping him.  He is not well liked by the braintrust, I think. We have one C on the 40-Man, David Freitas, right now.  We have to add a couple more.  Andrew Susac may be released by Baltimore, it seems.  He was once a prospect darling in SF, before injuries sort of derailed him.  I have no problems with a very cheap roll of the dice with the former Beaver.  Besides, his granddad is a good friend of mine.

And the arm bargain in the FA market may be Japanese lefty Yusei Kikuchi.  He’s had a bit of shoulder struggles, but that comes with the position, doesn’t it.  He’s still well shy of 30, so even if you lose a season with him down the line, he still can bring value.

Take a look:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ULzhL8NVY

Comments

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Basically he's been just above a replacement level player since '14, when you include his COF glove.  His value is as a DH.

One Mets' site conjectured a Cano, Mallex Smith, Diaz trade for Bruce, Dom Smith (no thanks to either), (prospects) Justin Dunn and Andres Jimenez.  And then the site said they wouldn't do that trade?

Huh?

Another said that Cano and either Diaz or Haniger for Bruce was a trade to consider.

What?

Another proposes that we send Gordon for prospects Jordan Humphreys, Gavin Cecchini and Gerson Bautista.  Humphreys missed '18 with TJ surgery, but was dynamite in '17 at AA.  Cecchini (IF) and Bautista (RP) had cups of coffe with the mets in '17 or '18.

Now that trade I would do in a New York minute.

BTW, again.....does anybody have any word on the good Doc?

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Hidden in the din of trading Segura and Leake for Wil Myers is the probable target of the deal. Just about everyone recognized that more would have to come back from San Diego than just Myers, who OPSs in the mid .700s and has defensive limitations - hardly the return for an all-star shortstop, let alone with an innings-eater added.

I think the real deal being proposed was Segura and Leake (and possibly more) for Myers and Francisco Mejia, one of the best-regarded catching prospects in baseball, for a team that already has Austin Hedges, perhaps the best defensive catcher in baseball. Now that would have been a trade to rank with Segura and Haniger for Marte and Walker - a win for both sides, but the best player the media "afterthought". While it didn't pan out (at least so far), I hope that was the object and hope Dipoto continues to try. Mejia would be a "get"!

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Personally, I now expect all three to be gone this winter. Interestingly, the Dodgers did not protect Drew Jackson from the Rule 5 draft. Meanwhile, the Ms have 5 roster spots open that could be used for Rule 5 selections in the "re-imagining". Oakland also left a fine young SS unprotected, Richie Martin. Either Jackson or Martin could likely hold their own in a "step-back" year if it meant that significant roster flexibility was regained. If another MLB-ready MIF prospect can come as a trade return - Voila!

I like Segura's play, but have some questions about his clubhouse presence. Gordon was an experiment that failed, but is obviously worth more as a MIF to a competitor than to the Ms at this point - and many deep-pocketed contenders appear to have MIF questions - Yanks, Phillies, Padres(?), Mets, and so on. If Cano, Segura, and Gordon can be traded to those teams and a near-ready prospect haul collected, the Ms may in fact be able to be competitive rather quickly. Prospects like Jackson, Martin, Mejia, Patterson, and Cecchini, added to Sheffield, Swanson, Fraley, Bishop, Lewis, White, and Thompson-Williams, et al, could make Arkansas and Tacoma fun in 2019, and the Ms fun shortly thereafter!

It is rather easy to dream at this point of a lineup with Jay Bruce and Kyle Seager as the old men at 31, d'Arnaud at 30, Haniger and Myers next at 28, and the rest even younger! 

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Bat... GREAT piece of history on Bill Veeck and the '48 Indians, who went all the way behind Feller, Lemon, Early Wynn, and of course the aforementioned Larry Doby. I was remembering his later experience with the White Sox- indeed, yet another MLB team with a checkered history that he led to a pennant in '59, but which had less success during his subsequent ownership (Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye, and Disco Demolition, resulting in one of MLB's few historic forfeits, spring to mind).

Thank you for enlightening me, and sharing an important chapter in baseball history with all of us!

PS: I agree with you: "Trader Lane" is a more apt comp for Trader Jerry. Neither of 5hem has ever won ANYTHING (yet).

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