- Trade speculation is fun.
- Roy Halladay
- John Lackey
- Jered Weaver
- Joe Saunders
- Ervin Santana
6. Pick your favorite three and there’s your playoff rotation.
- Brandon Wood (SS/3B) and Sean Rodriguez (2B/SS) are two young power hitters who are currently blocked by excellent players, Howie Kendrick, Chone Figgins, and Erick Aybar. One could argue that Wood would be an upgrade over either Kendrick or Aybar, but Kendrick’s talent level coming into the majors will display itself soon, and the Angels would be wrong to not get him every at bat they can.
- Angels have a couple lower-level pitching prospects to send as well. They don’t need them right away, and the Angels are one of the few teams with the ability to buy free-agent pitching every year. Not that they should. But definitely a few young arms and bats are worth Halladay.
- In my opinion, the Angels would be come either the favorite or one of the favorites, to win the World Series in 2009 AND 2010 with Halladay and an already-excellent lineup.
- The Jays’ rotation is deep enough to handle this trade. Especially when it gets healthy in 2010. Marcum and McGowan will be back (although McGowan’s injury COULD be career-threatening). Romero is establishing himself as a real-deal #1. Brett Cecil shows promise, although his 2009 era is “bleh”.
- The Jays will lose Scutaro to free agency this season.
- Rolen is a harsh breeze away from the DL and is getting older anyway.
RF Alex Rios
2B Aaron Hill
LF Adam Lind
3B Brandon Wood
CF Vernon Wells
DH Travis Snider
SS Sean Rodriguez
C J.P. Arencibia
1B Lyle Overbay
I would take that lineup for 2011 and for the next five seasons.
That’s a highly-competitive rotation of talented pitchers – most of whom will be 2 seasons closer to their prime in a couple years. They will GAIN skill, not lose it to age.