Thursday, April 14, 2005

Semi-Brilliant Idea Of The Day

With Brandon McCarthy a viable option in AAA, why not Jose Contreras and $2 million to the Phillies for Ryan Howard and ...uh, Aaron Fultz or something.

Howard is a lefty power bat that can play first base and replace Paul Konerko's $8 million salary next year. The Sox would be making their team $12 million cheaper next year, and probably just as good or better. The Phillies get a decent starter at $5 million per year in 2005-2006 (Contreras makes $8 million, of which $2 million is paid by the Yankees).

Given the ascendancy of McCarthy, and the possible ascendancy of Brian Anderson (who, unlike other Sox players, will take a walk), the Sox could be cheaper AND better in 2006 if McCarthy replaces Contreras or Garland and Anderson replaces Podsednik. Put Josh Fields into the mix - he's 5 for 15 with 5 walks already in Birmingham, and things are really looking up for the White Sox.

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