ESPN.com's Jim Bowden, a weekly guest on Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, has a couple of trade proposals involving the Texas Rangers. You can read his post here (insider). He mentioned one of them on the air. Here's that proposal:
Justin Grimm, Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson and Jorge Alfaro for Jake Peavy and Alex Rios. Bowden's thought is that the Rangers get a piece for their rotation in Peavy, who isn't just a half-season rental and should return soon from a rib injury, and they get Rios to plug in to the outfield (especially important should MLB end up suspending Nelson Cruz, which is still a big unknown).
I can't see this ever happening simply because from a Ranger perspective it's way too much to give up for those two players, even though both are under contract next season too. We're talking about three of the club's top lower-level prospects. That's not going to happen. But as Bowden points out, consider it more of a starting point in that the White Sox want to rebuild and could use the Rangers' farm system to do it with a package that might not include all of those players, but some of them. If you're Chicago, you're trying to get as much as you can. It just won't be all four of those players.
Bowden also mentions the possibility of Jurickson Profar for Cliff Lee. As we've talked about on this blog and on Fitzsimmons & Durrett, the Rangers should be able to make a strong play for Lee without giving up Profar. And there's no way they're making that deal if it means trading Profar. Not for a 34-year-old pitcher on the back end of a large contract. How good the prospect package is to Philadelphia is probably based on how much of the $25 million a year the Rangers have to absorb of Lee's deal. He's got two more years on the deal plus another season that can vest. He doesn't come cheap, even before you talk prospects.
Your thoughts? Any interest in Peavy or Rios? What package would you put together to get them?