Ok, I'll just throw out this trade proposal.
It's been mentioned before that the Tribe was at least considering Erik Bedard. My question is why not include Brian Roberts in the deal too. Too expense? Well not really, just listen to what we have to offer.
The Orioles have traded away their starting shortstop, and we may have one to offer that may have his highest trade value in years. His name is Jhonny Peralta. He is owed about $12 million between 2008-11. The bonus is AsCab can get his natural position back
Roberts is owed $14 million and change in the next two years. He is a career .281 batting average, and while he has limited power he stole 50 bases and scored 103 runs last year. His defense is also solid. In 2007 he had 7 errors and a .991 fielding percentage.
Bedard is arby eligible for the next 2 years and earned less than $4 million last year.
What would it take to get him? How about a package that included a shortstop, Peralta,a second baseman, Barfield (to replace Roberts), a ML ready OF, Francisco, a prospect 1B/ OF Jordan Brown, and ML ready SP, Aaron Laffey.
Still too expense you say. Well how about checking to see if St. Louis might want to offload an Anthony Reyes for a Cliff Lee (as rumored a few weeks ago). Lee is owed $3.75M in 08, $5.75M in 09 and has a $8M option 10. Now do we have the money? Still interested? I am.
Could it happen? Maybe. Will it? Probably not. Could it improve both teams? I think so.
I'd at least make a call