Hey guys. Not saying you guys are going into rebuilding mode, but if it turns that route this season and management decides to start moving players, what would it take to get Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee in a trade?
I know the rumors have been swirling that depending on how it goes by the end of the month, but at 9.5 games out and an already extremely high payroll it would make sense to start grabbing some young guys for down the line versus the older, more expensive guys now.
Fortunately for you, we absolutely love Cliff Lee and have a hole at first base. Howard would make sense to fill our need and can move to DH later on in the game (a position unavailable here)
I know Howard is on a down year, but Lee is playing well. That being said though Howard and Lee will cost $50 million ALONE next year. Our payroll is only $110 million total.
It would make a lot of sense for both teams, but obviously I doubt Texas would do much unless you guys absorb half the contract or so, and take mid level prospects. What would be a realistic trade scenario with contract absorption to get this done?
I will throw this out right now that obviously Profar is completely off the table. We do have a strong young 3rd baseman in the minors, and Elvis Andrus/Ian Kinsler that stand in front of Profar. Also a high amount of mid level pitching talent for sure at very very cheap.
That being said, the talent depends on the contract money eaten. No team is going to trade a high level prospect player and still pay $20 million a year for Howard when they could just sign a player like Howard outright and not give up another young piece. Same goes with Lee. Both are extremely high contracts for players their age, but I think both the Rangers and Phillies could mutually benefit from each other with this.
So...what are some realistic offers you would take?