Originally posted by itlynstalyn:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
- They'll probably find a trade partner for Lopez, though no top prospect in return (maybe an int'l developmental guy like the Escobar-for-Snyder trade)
- Doubt and hope they don't trade Pence or Timmy (prefer to make them QOs)
- If they can get something of value for Romo, do it
I think you're right. They'll only trade Timmy or Pence if they get back more value than a 1st round pick. And I'm all for trading Romo if there's a borderline-ready outfielder or starting pitcher that comes back in return.
Exactly, which is why I don't see them trading either one (doubt either brings back that type of trade value). Worse case, both Timmy and Pence accept their QOs and play for ~$14M each in 2014. That would only be $200k more than Pence got this year, and $8M less than what Timmy got last year, which is a net $7.8M positive for our payroll while keeping two starters.
With that $7.8, you could get a decent #5 starter (Jason Marquis-type) and a veteran LHRP on one year deals. Then you'd have Zito's $20M plus any payroll increase (minus other contract increases) to address your LF problem.