Uncle Walt is giving the Red what they need to rise from the ashes of 2011. Before addressing left field, he is determined to solidify the bullpen at the cost of starting pitching leftovers. Talks are on with the Cubs and apparently are very close in the midnight hours. Sean Marshall is the trade target in mind. Last year he served as a 8th inning guy to Marmal.
Sean will be a free agent after the 2012 season, but could be reasonable to re-sign making a modest 3.1M in 2011. That's a quarter of Coco's salary last year and he will likely be just as good. That's much closer to a small market team's available payroll for a closer and this guy is in no way a bad player to want want on your team. I get that much.
But what Walt is willing to give up is what I don't get. Travis Wood, his six years of club control, and two prospects seems a tad high to get the deal done with a reliever. I could see this trade for Marmal or Marshall and Darwin Barney. But this shit is bananas. Unfortunately, division premiums usually make for weighted trades like this and are almost never worth the dismantling involved. (starts the over-reactor). Just like our last trade with the Padres, Walt is ready to make a move now at any cost that isn't green or on a MasterCard with the name Castellini on it.
One would hope the prospects would be blocked players like Denis Phipps or roster fillers like Daniel Dorn. Removing our roster waste kinda seems to be Walt's thing as of lately and I really hope he plans to make the most of it by filling it with star level talent from around the league. Walt seems to be making such dramatic moves because this team will be rebuilding in 3 years after Jo-eh leaves. I for one am glad we have a General Manager that can see this division is for the taking and Walt has the balls to take it from those South Milwaukee and those whinny little bitches.