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Hot Stove League

Okay, I know throwing out trade ideas gets silly and people love to play GM, so if I apologize in advance--but tell me if you think this makes sense. This article in a Cleveland paper (http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18985138&BRD=1699&PAG=461&dept_id=46370&rf i=6) suggests that the Indians will be looking to upgrade.  In the article the guy suggests a deal of Cliff Lee, Jhonny Peralta and Franklin Guitierrez or Ben Francisco for Jason Bay.  That sounds like a lot to me and I'd make that deal in a second--even without the outfielder as the third player.

Then, as a follow on, Tampa is looking for a shortstop until Reid Brignac fully develops.  We turn and trade Jack Wilson to Tampa for Baldelli.  I'm guessing we may have to add another piece (Guitierrez from the trade above?). Baldelli is signed for reasonable money through 2010 ($6, $8, $9 million roughly).  Obviously he has had huge injury problems, but, if he can stay healthy he can play center and McCutcheon can play left when he eventually comes up.

We add another starter (although I'm not sure a soft tossing lefty is exactly what we are looking for), Peralta replaces Wilson, Baldelli replaces Bay.

Does this make us a better team?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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