First of all, if any of these sentiments have been expressed already, i apologize. I have been out of the loop for a while, the transition out of college without internet for a while.
The whole Zito trading stuff has got me thinking about a rumor that was brought up in the offseason. The one where the Phillies were proposing: Abreu, Lieberthal, Gavin Floyd to A's for Kendall and Zito. I'm not sure if this was a true rumor, but I if I had to guess, I would say it is. Especially since the Phils were trying to trade Abreu to everyone.
I'm thinking maybe this should be revisited. I mean Abreu's OBP is amazing right now, and would fit well in the two hole. It would also move Swisher to the five hole (as long as Bradley is injured), where I think he belongs. And obviously we could dump Kendall's salary. Lieberthal is hurt right now, and it doesnt seem it's bad, so he should be playing again. I honestly couldn't care about him, but only as a throw in to the deal. As for Floyd, sure i'll take him, but I'd much rather have Cole Hamels. But with Cole Hamels playing unconscious right now, maybe we could get Gio Gonzalez. Gio, Mike, and Bobby for Barry and Jason would be sweet. And the phils have made no bones about the fact that they need pitching. And with their lineup so lefthanded heavy, they could finally create the very balanced lineup of:
Then kendall could charge the mound and take down Pedro with the Don Zimmer toss and ignite their fans.
Bobby Abreu is 32. And that is the main issue. But the prospect of the Bob squad with him and Croz (excuse me, "bones") would be awesome.
Maybe we could even sign Abreu to a 2 yr deal like we did Kotsay. 2ys, 24mil. Free'd up from Kendall's contract. Melhuse could start next year, then Suzuki in 2008!
This was way too long, for something that won't happen. But i just felt like posting.