Thursday, July 9, 2009

Whatever it takes for Halladay

The latest inane JSOnline poll asks the question: Should the Brewers trade Mat Gamel, Alcides Escobar, and Brett Lawrie for Roy Halladay? The options are "Yes", "No", and "It doesn't matter because the Brewers don't have any pitching prospects". The obvious answer is C, but for the sake of discussion let's kick this around a little.

Would you trade your top 3 prospects (According to Baseball America), one of whom is contributing at the big league level alread and another who's knocking on the door, for a 32 year old former Cy Young winner?

The other question is does adding that guy make you a World Series caliber team? When I was trying to warm up VJJ to the idea of the Sabathia deal last year, I pointed out the fact that with Sheets (stop laughing, the guy started the All-Star game last year) and Sabathia at the top of the rotation you weren't just looking at a team that could make the playoffs, but a team that could get to a World Series. And because of that it was worth parting with the cream of the crop in the farm system. Do you think that this deal (as theoretical and far fetched as it is) could have that kind of impact? Let's go to the phones...

10 comments:

Rubie Q said...

You only trade Gamel and Escobar if (1) you're convinced McGehee can be your everyday third baseman for the next few years; and (2) you think you can lock up Hardy with a long-term deal. Otherwise, trading one or both is horribly short-sighted.

Even with Halladay, we'd be no threat to make a Series run. Our bullpen is going to be toast by August (check out the games pitched numbers: Coffey 40; Stetter 39; Villanueva 38; DeFilice 33; McClung 31) and our offense is scuffling. There's no point in blowing up the farm system this year.

Master Reid said...

The current results:

Yes 37%
No 52%
Don't matter 11%

I thought Yes would be doing a little better.

Devil's Threesome said...

Give Brewers fans credit for those results. This deal wouldn't be putting everything on Red, it would be putting everything on 12.

FPMKE said...

It would be very short-sighted of the organization to trade everything away for Halladay. We have developed a good string of position talent and, hopefully, pitching will come soon without having a yard sale.

BTW, I love the "Pointless Rumormongering" tag

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

its a mute point anyway as I'm sure before Hallday drops his no trade clause he's going to need a long-term extension that the Brewers can afford anyway. regardless of that though I vote hell and no to this trade...not worth it. we got lucky with the CC deal last year and those don't come around very often for anyone...let alone the brewers.

Rubie Q said...

SBTG's use of "mute" above (that'd be a MOOT point, dude) calls to mind the only good line in the history of "Friends," when Joey said something was a "moo point" and then explained: "A moo point is like a cow's opinion; it's worthless."

Master Reid said...

And every time I hear something is "moot", I think of an SNL skit where Jesse Jackson hosts a game show called "The Question is Moot".

Softball's Tony Gwynn said...

my apologies for the incorrect grammar...won't happen again.

Rubie Q said...

Dammit - I was really hoping you'd spell it "grammer."

EMoney said...

Last year was our 1 shot to pull off a move like that. If Melvin does it again this year, as everyone stated, on a 32 year old end of prime pitcher, I will not be pleased to say the least. A deal that would include those 3 could cripple the franchise in the very near future.