Monday, April 10, 2006

Take the D-Train

Ken Rosenthal reports "it's practically a given" that the Marlins will trade southpaw Dontrelle Willis before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

While it's too early to judge the Bravos rotation, I've been campaigning for starting help since before the season began. Buillpen reinforcements would be nice, but you're not going to find an arm as talented, and affordable, as Willis, who makes a lot of sense for the Bravos.

For one thing, Dontrelle would belong to the team through 2008. He would be eligible for arbitration following this season and would likely earn at least $7 million next year ... about the same as free agent-to-be John Thomson and Horacio combined.

The price tag would be steep, and justifiably so. Rosenthal mentions Jarrod Saltalamacchia as a potential target of the Marlins. I'd do it. Power-hitting catching prospects are nice, but lefty aces are the rarest of commodities.

Your thoughts?



At 11:29 PM, Blogger CDavidson-CBoone said...

I'd do it too. If your rotation is shaky, a bullpen doesn't really matter. You have to get to the late innings with a lead. Not only is Willis a dominant lefty, he's a good hitter and plays the game with gusto. A charismatic African-American star, he'd be huge in Atlanta.

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous stu said...

Oh, heck yeah!


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