As always, thanks for your wisdom. Forgive me if the questions are inane. A great baseball mind I am not.
1. Is Alfonso Soriano a tradeable player? I know it would seem like there would be no way, but the Mets are in dire need of help in the OF and have a long track record of being willing to take on large contracts. While I know that this is not just a large contract (it's an insane contract) I would wonder if they wouldn't be willing to trade with the Cubs. They have bad contract of their own to dump. Certainly, he has the ability to provide great offense, and I can't see the Mets being happy with Jeff Francoer or Cory Sullivan or wanting to keep Gary Sheffield around.
They have their fair share of players/ pitchers with injury issues (Rodriguez, Santana, Beltran, etc.) and with huge contracts with whom they have not been winners. I would think they would want somewhat of a change and the free agent offerings are slim this year. Would they want to trade their overpriced question marks with ours?
Would it even be a good idea to trade Soriano at this point? He has been a big part of the reason we did well the last two years and made the playoffs. Would it be better to chalk this up to a lousy year for him and hope that he returns to his baseline next year?
2. Does Dempster have a NTC? If not, is he worth "selling" to another team as part of a deal to release Soriano or shed salary? His numbers are respectable this year, but I don't see him as a top of the line starter, and particularly if we can hold onto Harden, I would think it would be him that would be the best choice to go.
The free agent pitcher choices this coming year are thin, and I think he'd be a consideration for quite a few teams.
3. What do you all think of Randy Wells? A great year and a great story, but is he going to become the next Rich Hill, or do you think he has staying power? Did he just catch lightning in a bottle? Would it be a good time to trade Wells or does he project to a reliable starter in the future?
4. As for Soto, again, do you think he just had a great year that will not be repeated, or is he worth holding on to? The Cubs seem to win when Koyie Hill plays and he certainly has been competent. Is this another chance to sell high? That said, I wonder if any other teams would want him given the year (or non-year) he has had. Would he even have any value after this absolutely crappy year?
5. How has Gorzelanny looked out there? I thought the Pirates were crazy letting him go at first, but his numbers sure aren't too gaudy right now. Is he pitching well and throwing strikes? What have you all thought? I have been, and still am, very hopeful that he might be a very solid core for the future rotation.
Thanks again for all of your wisdom!