Roberts to White Sox for Floyd?
Courtesy of a comment from Joe the Guy, we have news of a terribly juicy new rumor: the possibility of Brian Roberts heading to the White Sox in exchange for the other hometown hero, pitcher Gavin Floyd.
First impression: let’s get this done.
I’m with JtG in thinking that it might not be a great straight-up deal, but I’d do it anyway. As much as I love Brian Roberts, there’s always a chance he won’t re-sign. That and the fact that he’s fully in his prime, meaning (a) his value will never be higher, and (b) his next long-term contract will include declining years. On top of that, I think we’d all agree that he kind of deserves a chance to play for a contender.
To get in return a quality young pitcher like Floyd — who just happens to have a similar pedigree to one Mark Teixeira — would be a giant coup for MacPhail and would go a long way towards solidifying this team’s competitive potential in the coming years. Roberts would absolutely not be easily replaced, but finding a second baseman is (at least in theory) easier than finding a guy like Floyd.
There has to be a way to make this happen, yeah?