(Ed. note — the purpose here was to give my opinion of where Lugo could be traded based on needs/value. As for the actual trade, I realize I may have offended Bob and others by not being crystal clear — St. Louis would need more than one ‘free’ veteran to get a top-notch closer or anything back that could help the 2010 team.)
I absolutely love this time of year and can’t wait for the games to begin! It will be a busy week here at PH8, and my role is to stir the pot so to speak.
We have an ESPN League to draft, UCB Radio and Roundtables to debate, 2009 Player Grades to finish, and one job interview (okay so the last one is just for good luck).
Not lost in all of this, actual games start up Thursday with the newest Cardinal making life interesting all over the place. While talking with C70 Daniel yesterday we found out Felipe Lopez grabbed a single digit jersey. More surprising still was that No.3 currently resides in Ruben Gotay’s locker for the time being.
Joe Strauss makes some fine points in his above story, and that is where we are now. Lopez should remove most doubt about needing another lefty on the bench, and he may even make Julio Lugo an interesting trade piece. Boston is still paying for the middle infielder and getting cheap veterans may be just what the doctor ordered for some of the cash-strapped teams out there.
Who exactly may want/need the help? Here’s a quick scan of a couple of teams that would make interesting trade partners for St. Louis:
Dodgers: they let Hudson go and have a huge financial crunch due to the selling of the team. Not sure anyone wants to deal with LA after last season’s playoffs, but Torre’s troop does have some bullpen arms that could do the trick.
Royals: when was the last trade between these two? Lugo has to be a roster upgrade over what KC is throwing out there on a regular basis, but I really only mentioned this for a Joakim Soria sighting. Now there is a guy who offers insurance in the bullpen!
Pirates: doubt a deal is made within the NL Central, but I would like to snag one of the lefties Pittsburgh’s rotation employs . On a side note, the trades of Wilson and Sanchez last year have left me clueless to who will even be manning the middle of the infield for the Pirates…hmmm?
Padres: two words for this potential trade partner — Heath Bell. San Diego has a new hierarchy in place so maybe this isn’t the best option. But since a couple of deals were done in the recent past, anything is possible when both clubs know each other.
Have an option of your own? Throw it in the comments or to me over Twitter @aprfool79 as today is the lazy Sunday of TV surfing. NASCAR is always fun in Vegas and there might be a hockey game of some importance on in a couple of hours (USA, USA).
Of course as I’m finishing this up, the Cardinals are saying all the right things about keeping both FeLo and Lugo. This has been status quo for the front office and the preferred plan of attack in my opinion. They kept the interest level seemingly low in Lopez until the perfect time, and that will also help any potential Lugo deal. Now it is time for MO to do his magic one more time!