Per the usual, I write about one thing – like finding a cheap alternative to Drew Stubbs – and the team goes out and signs David Murphy, an expensive, albeit nice upgrade. The team zigged when I thought about zagging, pretty much the story of my life.
Anyway, with the additional of Murphy, who will be platooned with Ryan Raburn in right field, Stubbs is reportedly on the block. So, here are four potential deals I’m looking into if I’m Chris Atonetti. And, yes, it’s all for bullpen depth/help.
Vic Black (New York Mets) for Stubbs: Sure, the Mets just signed Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60M deal, but is the club really content on having Eric Young Jr. as the top backup, especially if the rumors about dealing Lucas Duda/IkeDavis/Daniel Murphy prove to be true? Black, a hard-throwing right-hander, has some late-inning potential and could slide into the Cody Allen role last season.
Robbie Ross (Texas Rangers) for Stubbs: As it stands now, the Rangers have a rookie slotted in left field (Michael Choice) and another one as the fourth outfielder (Engel Beltre). Plus, they have a surplus of good relievers. My choice would be Tanner Scheppers, but it is doubtful Texas parts with him in a deal for Stubbs. Ross, though, is an above-average reliever.
Tom Wilhelmsen (Seattle Mariners) for Stubbs: A tremendous buy low candidate, Wilhelmsen sports a plus-fastball and was nearly lights out in 2011 and 2012.
Pedro Strop (Chicago Cubs) for Stubbs: Acquired in a deal with Baltimore, the Cubs are planning on running out Brian Boguusevic in left field. Strop’s a 0.5-win reliever with huge strikeout ability and some below-average control.