I saw this Gordon Edes note today on YahooSports!
What kind of return would the Bucs be looking for in this kind of deal? Would it be unreasonable to ask for Samardzija and/or Vitters? What about guys like Ryan Flaherty, Jay Jackson, Casey Coleman and Christopher Carpenter? I'm sure there would be others potentially, I just did kind of a quick scan through the organization. Would the Bucs be asking a slightly higher price because of the timing and because it would be an intradivision trade?
With the Cubs’ only All-Star, Ted Lilly(notes), having shoulder trouble that will put him out of action indefinitely – worst-case scenario is that he has a torn biceps – expect the Cubs to be one of the teams making a push for Pirates left-hander Zach Duke(notes), who is very available. The Cubs also could have interest in shortstop Jack Wilson(notes).
I'm inclined to believe that the Jake Peavy trade didn't happen because of an unwillingness to move some of these guys, but way back in March the Cubs probably didn't see themselves locked in a tight division race heading into August. A lot of people seemed to just be handing them the division back then. But isn't that what the trade deadline's all about? The Cubbies might be a bit more desperate, especially with one of their better pitcher down.
I think the most potentially attractive side of this trade, however, would be the uproar this would cause. I'm sure the yinzers would be foaming at the mouth to see who could scream the loudest at NH for trading the Buc's most effective pitcher this season and Jack Wilson to a division rival. And not just any division rival either; this would be returning to the scene of the crime, so to speak. I think there are more than a few folks out there who might still be a little miffed about Aramis Ramirez and company from a few years ago. And that sure could be fun to watch.