Offseason Trade: Fielder for Cain?

September 23, 2008 at 3:11 pm 4 comments


Peter Gammons reported earlier this week that the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Francisco Giants could make a swap this offseason. There have been rumors in the past about a Prince Fielder for Matt Cain swap but the Giants have made it clear that it would take more than just Fielder to get Cain so Peter Gammons rumored that J.J. Hardy could be part of that package.

The Brewers won’t be able to re-sign both C.C. Sabathia and Ben Sheets and to be quite honest they may not be able to retain either. That would leave potentially two huge holes in their rotation that need to be filled by potential aces. Cain, in my opinon, is a potential ace. But is it worth the price of Fielder and Hardy? It is if they think Mat Gamel and Alcides Escobar are ready.

In Jon Heyman’s article today he mentioned that one NL executive said that Gammons’ proposal is too lopsided and in fact it will take another player going to the Brewers for a Fielder/Cain trade to happen.

I don’t think the Brewers would do the first proposal and I don’t think the Giants would do the second one either. I don’t think the Giants will do a straight up trade for that matter. So what will it take for a Fielder/Cain swap?

If I were the Giants I would ask for Fielder and Hardy and offer Cain and Jonathan Sanchez.

The Giants are starved for hitting and the Brewers will be starved for pitching. This is a deal that hits both team’s weeknesses and won’t break the bank for either team.

The Giants have these players coming off their books: Omar Vizquel (’09 option), Rich Aurilia, Steve Kline. The Giants have Dave Roberts (6.5M), Randy Winn (8.25M), Bengie Molina (6M), Noah Lowry (4.5M, option for ’10) all potentially coming off the books before the end of next year when their contracts expire.

The Brewers have these players coming off their books: C.C. Sabathia, Ben Sheets, Ray Durham, Craig Consell (’09 option), Eric Gagne, Corey Koskie, Guillermo Mota, Brian Shouse, Salomon Torres (’09 option), Derrick Turnbow, Mike Cameron (’09 option)

Both teams will have money to spend if they want. The Brewers have been said to want to cut payroll and they are clearing a lot with all the expired contracts. The Giants, as rumored in multiple areas, may make a run at bay area boy C.C. Sabathia to fill any pitching holes made from trades.

Imagine the Giants looking like this in 2009:

C – Benji Molina
1B – Prince Fielder
2B – Eugenio Velez/Kevin Frandsen
3B – Conor Gillaspie/Pablo Sandoval
SS – J.J. Hardy
LF – Fred Lewis
CF – Aaron Rowand
RF – Randy Winn
Bench – Nate Schierholtz (OF), Dave Roberts (OF), John Bowker (OF/1B)

SP – C.C. Sabathia
SP – Tim Lincecum
SP – Barry Zito
SP – Noah Lowry
SP – Kevin Correia

That is a team that can contend in the NL West as soon as 2009 and they would clear more money for 2010 and we could possibly see Tim Alderson, Buster Posey, and Madison Bumgarner in 2010 added to the roster and some serious money to spend for the Giants. Next move for them should be to can Brian Sabean but that doesn’t look like it will happen.

The Brewers would be taking a step back but would still look good for the near future with Matt Cain and Yovani Gallardo at the top of the rotation and a new look offense with Ryan Braun, Mat Gamel, Alcides Escobar, Corey Hart, and company.

A trade like this looks very possible in the offseason.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jimmy  |  September 24, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Trade Fielder for Cain? That will be another crappy trade for the brewers. How about Fielder for Lincecum. Brewers need to get ahead! Not fall behind!

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 24, 2008 at 10:55 am

    The thing is that the Brewers have expressed interest in getting pitching and they won’t shy away from trading Fielder. Giants won’t do Lincecum at all. Cain is a #1 type. I’m not saying this will happen but if it does it will have to be a deal that has at least 4 total players involved becuase a straight up deal won’t work. The Brewers could slide the not-so-slick fielding Mat Gamel to 1B if this happens.

  • 3. Grant  |  September 29, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I got to say I would never have imagined the Brew-Crew trading Fielder, but if they are going to lose Sabathia and Sheets this year (which they prolly will) they are going to need to compensate at pitching.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 29, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I was in the same boat until I realized they have to replace two aces. It may force their hand on a guy like Fielder.


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