TuckerBlair89 wrote: birdwatcher55 wrote:
No brainer: Headley. We are desperate for a legitimate third baseman. There can be no debate on the seriousness of this need
The Orioles are also desperate for a legitimate SP. I think there very well could be a debate.
I just think this question is twisted to where one obviously would choose headley. But in reality I'd rather have Greinke (of course you said without extension so that doesn't work for this question)
And that's not a knock Ofahn. I actually think Headley is a very reasonable and needy option for the Orioles. I just think they could settle for Reynolds/whatever at 3B as ugly as it sounds.
I will admit that I was not being "fair and balanced" when I posed the question but I felt it placed the issue in context: If it would cost us about the same, which player would we rather have.
If we could sign Grienke for 3 yrs and 36M this off season I would see that as a good risk/investment, but I think we all know this his asking price as a "free" agent or for a contract extension will be FAR beyond that. Other than CC Sabathia can anyone name one pitcher that signed as a "free" agent that is still considered front line after four years? The last SP trade with a big contract extension that I can think of was for Johan Santana. That has NOT been a bargain for the Mets, and Santana is a MUCH better pitcher than Grienke.
For me, it all comes down to this - Headley fixes a problem that we don't have a solution for in our farm system. We MIGHT have a solution for a SP. I just don't think we should be mortgaging the future for a team that may struggle to stay above .500. IMO we should be adding the pieces that will allow us to be a legitimate contender around 2014.