Sports and my thoughts

Monday, April 10, 2006

Sports: A good trade idea

I would love for this to happen.
In the opinion of several general managers, it's practically a given that the Marlins will trade left-hander Dontrelle Willis before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Marlins president David Samson, however, calls such a deal "highly unlikely." Willis' agent, Matt Sosnick, says he would be "very surprised" if it happened. Which will it be then? When in doubt with the Marlins, bet on a trade. Willis, 24, stands to earn at least $7 million next season in arbitration, perhaps $10 million the season after that. The Marlins' entire payroll this season is $14.3 million. They need a new ballpark to keep Willis for the long term — and it's doubtful they will secure financing for one by July 31. From the Cubs, the Marlins could ask for a package starting with outfielder Felix Pie. From the Braves, they could demand catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. From the Red Sox, they could require left-hander Jon Lester. Those names — and those teams — would only be the beginning.
If the Sox could trade Jon Lester for Dontrelle Willis I would hope they would do it in a heartbeat. A young unproven lefty for a young EXTREMLY proven lefty. Why wouldn't the Sox do it?

How unstopable would that rotation be? Schilling, Becket, and Willis in the rotation. There would be no way the Sox would not win the World Series if they had that rotation. Given the relationship between the Marlins and Redsox I see them on top of the possible list able to trade for Dontrelle Willis.

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