The “Trade Deadline Finalists” are in and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, they are:
Ubaldo Jimenez (Tigers, Indians, Yankees, Red Sox)
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Ty Wigginton (Yankees, Red Sox and Pirates)
Ryan Spilborghs (Red Sox)
Mark Ellis (Brewers)
Chris Iannetta (Padres)
Any of you who have read my commentary know that I firmly believe, unless it is an absolute cannot-miss deal, you don’t trade Jimenez. Most teams won’t be able to match the asking price, and the Monforts would be stupid to take anything less than “the trade-of-trades.” Right now, the offers stand at top-prospects, and the Rockies have demanded that one must be a pitcher.
Packaging Wigginton and Spilly could be an option for some prospects. Wigginton hasn’t been here a full season and Spilborghs has been a decent outfielder, but both wouldn’t be terribly missed in the grand scheme of things.
Mark Ellis to the Brewers intrigues me because Ellis hasn’t been here a month quite yet. The Rickie Weeks injury is prompting this trade idea as a possible option to fill in at second base for the Brew crew.
As for Ianetta, Lindstrom and Betancourt I want to play “screw, marry, kill.” You screw Ianetta because he is an okay catcher and has just an okay bat, you Marry Lindstrom because he is a good relief pitcher and has some dirty pitching, and you kill Betancourt because he is one bad batter away from regressing into a melting pile of OCD pre-pitch rituals that result in warnings from the officiating crew for taking for-eh-ver to deliver one single pitch.
You need a corps of players to re-build around and the above pieces are a good start, they just need a better supporting cast.