Ok, I first should say I am completely aware how early it is in the season and that I also believe this team can string together a few hot months and this will be a moot point...but if this team just fails to play much better than .500 ball this season, has anyone ever thought about what we could offer at the deadline if the team was looking to do a *slight* reboot in 2011?
If, for instance, Juan Rivera were to heat up as he usually does in June and July...would you be willing to trade him if someone wanted to make a small move to solidify their outfield somewhat cheaply? It would clear $5.2M off the 2011 payroll and, combined with Justin Speier's contract mercifully ending, maybe allow some money to make a real run at Carl Crawford.
Mike Napoli makes $3.6M this year and is probably in for a raise if he snaps out of his funk. If someone makes an offer, do we sell Mike off since it was already apparent before Mathis' injury that he was more of a backup these days?
Just a thought to stir some conversation. While we do not need to tear the place down and sell off guys like Kendry or Weaver, does it make sense to dump little chunks here and there to open up the funds to attract an impact player? Or is it possible this will HAVE to happen if the organization is already planning on reducing 2011's payroll from this year's $120M to offset some potential losses at the gate resulting from a down year?