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Hey, crazy trade talk has started early this year!

Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

One of the things I love about the early hot stove season is the crazy trade talk. Once things get going hot and heavy in December people get realistic, but in the few days after a team is eliminated you get all kinds of insane speculation.

An excellent example of it comes in Jeff Schultz’s column at the AJC today. The overall point — should the Braves trade Jair Jurrjens? — is an interesting and valuable one. Maybe they should, if he’s not already seen as damaged goods.  But the tag at the end of the piece is red meat for my crazy trade talk fixation:

I’ll leave you with this: Columbus, Ga., native and St. Louis center field Colby Rasmus clashed this season with manager Tony La Russa and
requested a trade two months ago. Would you be willing to part with
Jurrjens if he was part of a Rasmus trade?

The answer, yes. And I’d even be willing to throw in a couple hundred bucks to pay for the lobotomy that would be required for John Mozeliak to even consider it.

But the real beauty of that is the reference to Rasmus being from Columbus, Georgia. As if he’d have any real say in where he goes, thereby rendering the Braves a more likely target, even if the Cardinals were foolish enough to trade him.  It’s that kind of little hook — geography usually, but sometimes a relationship with one of the target team’s coaches or something — that really makes the “hey, what the hell” trade speculation special.

I’m not trying to slam Schultz here. Fans and bloggers and stuff are way worse about coming up with silly trade scenarios. Just using his piece as an example of the stuff we can expect a flood of after the postseason is over.  It’s what keeps us warm in the cold winter months, ya know?

  1. Mr. Heyward - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Craig, it’s your turn to fire up some good ‘ol trade rumors. Start thinking creative, say Jurrjens and Hudson for Lebron, or something like that.

  2. Chicago Doug - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    It’s something I like to call “rosterbating” – it seems to have coincided with the rise in popularity of fantasy baseball. Now everyone thinks they are a general manager.

  3. MrRedlegs - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    I thought you were going to say something like Willie Bloomquist for a box of sunflower seeds, because there is just no way he’s worth that…

  4. Cincy Sam - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    If the redbirds were stupid enough to trade Rasmus, they certainly would not trade him to Atlanta. He would be headed for say Seattle, where he would never see the inside of Bush Stadium again. And they would need to get a much better player(s) in trade.

  5. Bryz - Oct 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune already suggested the Twins trading Delmon Young and Kevin Slowey for Zack Greinke, although this was just a one-liner he dropped into one of his columns.

  6. lar @ wezen-ball - Oct 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    You know who else is from Georgia? Buster Posey. The Braves should totally trade Jurrjens for Posey. That’d totally work.

  7. Proudly Canadian - Oct 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Can we trade the Jay’s team mascot for Sterger?

  8. Trevor B - Oct 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    I heard Delmon Young is going to the Wu Tang Clan for cash considerations and an MC.

  9. BC - Oct 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Trade Jair Jurrjens to the WWE for Jake The Snake Roberts, the pride of Stone Mountain, GA.

  10. scatterbrian - Oct 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    C’mon Schultzie. Three-way trade that sends Michigan native Nate McLouth to the Tigers, who send St. Loius native Max Scherzer to the Cards, who complete the trade sending Rasmus to the Braves.

  11. geoknows - Oct 14, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    I’ve seen multiple suggestions out of LA that indicate they feel the Dodgers can get Greinke for Loney. Where do people come up with this stuff?

  12. cshearing - Oct 15, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    We’ll give you Vernon Wells for Rasmus. At least you’ll still have a good center fielder, even if you do have to pay him millions upon millions more.

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