So, I believe I've had a stroke of genius. The Marlins are in a mood to overpay to get marquee talent that will boost attendance... moreover, they are in a mood to overpay for Latin talent to drive the local Miami market... and they want to get rid of Hanley Ramirez.
We have the fastest pitcher ever recorded, who also happens to be Cuban. You better believe he would put some butts in seats in Miami. Organizationally, we have had (and continue to have) no long-term strategy on how to develop Chapman which we have held to longer than a month or two. Today, he's a starter, tomorrow, he's a set-up man, and the next day, he's the closer. So, here's what I'm offering, we swap and they pay a substantial portion of Hanley's salary. We get a somewhat risky, high-ceiling SS and they get a somewhat-risky, high-ceiling pitcher.
They also wanted Pujols. We also happen to have a Cuban first baseman that is currently blocked in our organization. I have NO idea what kind of deal we could make where we could extract maximum value from the Marlins, but it certainly seems like he would be a huge + to their organization. I don't know the trade rules well enough, can they just send us, say $50M of the quarter-billion they were planning on blowing on Pujols? I think that or some type of crazy 3-way trade could be the best thing for the Reds.