Bourjos is not close to what we would need for Dickey. Trumbo and we can talk./...
Sign Michael Bourn, Scott Hairston, Kelly Shoppach (or another powerful righty catcher), and bullpen help. Trade Niese, Valdespin, mid level prospects for Justin Upton.
Thole/Shoppach (or whatever catcher we sign)
That's a playoff team and these moves aren't that far fetched.
I'm not sold on the long term value of either Bourjos or Olt (or Gose, for those who are still looking for a deal with Toronto) so we would need other key players from each team to make a deal work. With the Halos, it's Calhoun that I really want. The guy is major league ready, plays all 3 outfield positions, and has some speed and pop. His offensive numbers may be somewhat inflated by playing in high altitude towns, but he can still flat out hit. So the deal I'd be looking for from the Angels would be:
Calhoun, Bourjos (but I'd accept Travis Witherspoon instead) and either Nick Maronde or Garrett Richards. If I had to add a prospect or two the get that deal, I'd do it.
Similarly, from Texas, Leonys Martin is the essential part of the deal for me. I am concerned that, having lost Hamilton they may not want to part with Martin, but I don't think I'd do a deal with them without him. I'd certainly take Martin and Olt, but I wouldn't be disappointed if they refused to give up Olt, Since I'd just as soon get a package of Martin, Luis Sardinas and one of either Martin Perez, Cody Buckel or Wilmer Font. (That is, if Font still projects as a starter.)
Trumbo, Cogner, Bourjos
I think we should trade for both Trumbo and Bourjos. Angels need pitching so I am thinking Dickey and Santana, with the Mets obviously paying a huge chunk of Johan's remaining salary.
But if you're going to send Dickey and Johan (w/ salary paid), I want Mike Trout here!!!! I know it sounds crazy, and I can imagine the laughter from all of you, but we're giving the Angels two aces and they're in "win-now" mode.
If Johan is healthy, he is an ace. Look at how he pitched before July. Heck, both Dicky and Johan were carrying this team the first half. We actually had a winning overall record in June having the worst bullpen in baseball and a mediocre offense. Guess why we won games??????........it was because we had two aces on top of their games carrying us. That is valuable. We're potentially giving that to the Angels. We're giving the Angels two aces that had this 4th place Met team thinking playoffs back in June.
If the Angels had Johan and Dickey, along with Weaver, they wouldn't have to start Joe "overrated time infinity" Blanton. They could have him in the bullpen. Think Tommy Hanson and C.J. Wilson switch between 4 and 5 (yikes). With this potential situation in mind, I say if we hand them Dickey and Johan (w/ salary paid), I want Mike Trout. Please begin to yell at me.
LOL Mike Trout??? He's literally untouchable. I think you are dreaming, time to go back to sleep.