rumor has it, that DET will try and move edgar renterias' 11 mil. contract for 2009, or buy him out for 3 mil. to just go away. from the DET point of view, the 3 mil. buyout would be waisted budget $. if they could trade him for any player with 3 mil. value, they at least have a player in return for the $ they are committed to, rather than noone. finding a team to take on the 8 mil. difference, is the task. doesn't this suggest DET finding a mutual dump partner? does renteria have 11 mil. value to the other mlb teams? does he have the 8 mil. difference value to mlb teams, if DET would consider taking on at least 3 mil. in a trade? DET is locked in for 3 mil., whichever approach they choose (trade or buyout), they might as well get a player in return. the added player could always be released at no expense to DET, over renteria's buyout.
i'll throw a proposal out there from STL, and let it be shot to swiss cheese. there is a need on STL's part to fill the shortstop role for 2009, with the farm not ready to produce a league average player at that position. here is just one possible scenario.
renteria for pineiro straight up, 11 mil. (renteria) for 7.5 mil. (pineiro). STL takes on 11 mil., 3.5 mil. over the pineiro contract, for renteria. DET takes on 7.5 mil, 4.5 mil over the 3 mil. renteria buyout. DET mulls over the offer a week, and decides they would like to split the difference of payroll added for 2009 with STL, both teams using 4 mil. of their budget remaining. they counter propose renteria for pineiro and 0.5 mil. cash.
should DET offer this proposal, renteria for pineiro and 0.5 mil. cash? does pineiro have 4 mil value to DET as a swing man?
should STL agree to the counterproposal? renteria at 11.5 mil., 4 mil. from the available 2009 budget used over the pineiro contract, with pineiro traded away. STL now has to replace the innings pineiro was in line to receive, but the starting ss is in place for 4 mil from the budget available.
should STL just wait for renteria to become a FA after his buyout? will he make it to his buyout? or will DET find a trading partner along these lines, and renteria never becomes available on the FA market? many teams could use an upgrade at shortstop.
both players will be FA's after 2009. pineiro has good career #'s at DET's stadium. renteria needs a return to the NL. thoughts?