Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trade of the Day: 3/6/12

John Lannan? Again? I know, I apologize, this is the third post involving the lefthander in just over month. My only defense is that this is Spring Training, during which we face a famine of trade rumors (hence why even MLB Rumors hypothesized on this this morning). The author there dismissed the Pirates as a fit for Lannan, despite the early derailment of A.J. Burnett's season. I however object, especially if the team can get the Nationals to cover a bit of Lannan's salary. The departure of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder from the NL Central may open up competition a little more, and though that doesn't greatly improve Pittsburgh's chances of a division crown, it does improve their chances of finishing with a winning season, a goal we know GM Neal Huntington is gunning for. That's why another rotation addition does make senseLannan, rather than wild cards such as Brad Lincoln or Jeff Locke, could fill a rotation spot alongside Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, and Kevin Correia while Burnett and Charlie Morton fully heal from injuries. Here's a proposed deal:

PIT receives P Lannan and $1.25m cash
WAS receives P Duke Welker, P Phil Irwin, and 1B Matt Curry

Welker's inclusion means neither team faces any 40-man roster issues, as he's currently on Pittsburgh's. He's a sinkerballer and Irwin a control artist, who, according to John Sickels, are sleeper prospects to watch. Curry is a young first baseman who could provide emergency insurance at first the Nats currently lack.
The Nats would send $1.25m to the Pirates, which, with the subtraction of Welker's approximated $480k salary, would keep the year's payroll right at $48.6m, thereby keeping it from being their highest payroll in eight years. In other words, they wouldn't be breaking the bank in any means by making this deal.

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