Wednesday, 10 December 2008

What a day for a daydream...

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals offered Rick Ankiel and a prospect to the Mariners for JJ Putz. Of course, all such reports should be taken with a bucket of salt but it got me thinking.

Putz will be 32 next season, he's under contract for 2009 with a 2010 option, for a total of about $13.6 million, and he had injury issues last year.

BJ Ryan will be 33 next year, is over a year removed from his injury and is under contract for $20 million over the next two years.

If they are even talking about Ankiel for Putz, why can't we get them interested in Ankiel for Ryan? Even if we had to kick in a few million? Ankiel in LF would be a very nice defensive upgrade, and would make it easier to deal Overbay if/when we wanted to go with Snider. Sure, he's a FA after 2009, but Ryan's probably going to have to come off the books before 2010 anyway unless the finances get better.

It goes without saying that if you could get a young player you'd have for years for Ryan then you do that but if not, Ankiel would be worthwhile.


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