Thursday, April 07, 2005
Hanley for Howard?
Kellen, a frequent commenter on this site, had an idea while we were watching the game today. He's one of many Sox fans who isn't a very big fan of Kevin Millar and he'd like to see him gone. At the end of the year he's a free agent so the Sox are going to need a first baseman. There are a few options out there. They could overpay for Paul Konerko and hope that he doesn't regress back to his 18 homer 2003. They could pay a fortune for Todd Helton. They could resign Millar. There are a few options out there, but none of them are very desirable. The Sox top prospect at first base is Ian Bladergroen, the young, inexperienced guy that came over in the trade for Doug Mientkiewicz. He won't be likely for at least three more years if he ever will be ready. Why don't we go and get a young firstbaseman that could help us right now and for years to come? Picture this...We trade Hanley Ramirez to the Phillies for Ryan Howard. Hanley is a year or two away from helping the Sox and he's blocked at short anyway. So far there has been no talk of moving him to a new posistion and I think it's likely that the Sox are going to move him this year anyways. Instead of trading away Hanley for a rent-a-player who may or may not be the "last piece of the puzzle" why not trade him for a guy that can help now and in the future? Howard was one of the biggest power guys in the minors last year. He's 25 years old and ready to show off his bat in the bigs, but he will forever be blocked by Jim Thome. He could kick Dave McCarty of the team this year and take over for Millar full time next year. I'm not sure if the Phillies would go for it because they're a bit blocked up the middle with young talent, but Hanley would have a much better shot breaking through in a couple of years then Howard will have trying to break through any time soon.
I don't think it will happen. Teams seems to take more pride in their own home grown talent rather than trading to get someone else's prospect. But I doin't think it'd be too bad a deal if it did happen.