Without turning this into an unproductive hypothetical trade debate and dissection thread, I was wondering how folks here feel about trading some of the guys who have been mentioned in the rumors lately, particularly Riley, Gibbons, and Julio.
I see all of these guys as tradeable in the right deal. I'm not a Julio believer, so I'd deal him for just about whatever we can get from a relief-desperate organization or include him as a sweetener in a larger deal. I would also be actively shopping Riley and Gibbons, but would only want to deal them if we could get a young player who projects to be a decent to good regular. If that means adding players to the deal on our side, I'd be willing to do it as long as it wasn't someone crucial.
I'd be interested in a young 1B or OF, since those are our real weaknesses I'm not terribly interested in back-of-the-rotation pitching, since we actually have a lot of that, and since no one is likely to deal good pitching for a price I'd be willing to pay, improving the offense and making the team younger would be my priorities.
One place to find a good deal might be to look at players who are blocked/undervalued in their own organizations -- Adrian Gonzalez, Chris Shelton, Jason Stokes, Dan Johnson, Ryan Howard types at 1B; Shin-soo Choo, Jonny Gomes, one of Cleveland's 17 OFs (Ryan Ludwick? Brad Snyder?) -- obviously not all of these guys are equal in value, and some carry much more risk than others. Gonzalez's and Johnson's good springs might have put them out of reach for us, and Snyder might not be advanced enough -- but I'd be looking to see if we could swing someone like this on the cheap. And I'd be willing to use these trades to add talented position players to the minor league system.
What do you all think? What kinds of trades should the Orioles explore, and who should they be offering?