Well, the Reds got a lot better tonight, trading from their glut of incredibly good but blocked offensive talent to get many, many years of Mat "I don't need two t's" Latos. While I wish he wasn't in the division for the better part of a decade, it looks like it could be a good time to find Albert's successor. San Diego now has both Yonder Alonso and Anthony Rizzo as their tandem first basemen of the future, and while Matt Adams is certainly promising, he isn't 10% the prospect either of these studs among men are. San Diego doesn't need both of them, and with Adams a question mark and Lance gone after this year, it might be prime time to add an ML-ready impact bat to a farm system that is flush with potentially combustible SP talent.
In my mind, Shelby is off limits unless the names Trout, Harper, or Longoria are involved. Martinez, on the other hand, is damn near the prospect Shelby is and, at least to me, a way riskier bet. His ability to log innings is far from certain, particularly given what I see as a slim build, and given the general combustibility of young pitching prospects and that his value may never be higher, I would be willing to see if San Diego would swap one of those first base bats for CMart. I'm not really sure which I'd rather have, as each have elite pedigrees, gaudy numbers in the minors, and relatively little to show for it in the majors (though Alonso raked in his >100 ABs last September), and I'd be a little inclined to wait and see if Adams can torch AAA like he has the rest of the minors, but I'm not the only person that this has occurred to, and I'd be surprised if the Fathers still had both of these dudes on opening day. It makes sense to strike while the iron's hot, especially given that it wouldn't hinder the team's ability to compete this year, nor would it impact their pursuit of Carlos Beltran or whoever they look to for offense this year.
VEB--what say you? Is it worth it?