Nearly midnight here and Herself is in full snore. Just read at Dodger Digest that Ethier's latest bone scan was not good. According to Nosler, it would appear that Andre in 2016 is not going to happen. He is stomping for Reddick as part of a bigger trade. Works for me, but who else is in our sights? I think Sonny Gray would cost us Puig and then we have to fill another outfield spot. I am not fond of Rich Hill, I think we have three guys like him on the DL or just have got healthy already in Ryu, Wood and BMac. After that, it is pretty bad in Oakland. I don't see a huge need for Valencia and while Vogt would be an upgrade over the craptastic AJ Ellis, I think the A's like him too much to move him. Khris Davis might be someone to look at, but he is either feast or famine and his defense is worse than Carl Crawford's.
Regarding the deadline, I should be back in Montreal with a couple days to spare, but I think we will be highly active. A rich farm system (loaded with great arms) and the gnawing need that I see that we have to make that jump from contender to champ right soon seems to tell me we are not going to spare any cost. Maybe we bite the bullet and move Puig for a huge haul. I know that might be the name that frees up an Archer, Gray or even, dare I say it, a Sale. Of course, if we set our sights on Chris Sale (and this is just conjecture on my part), it will cost us Puig, JDL and Holmes to open the talking. Maybe even Kike and a lower level arm like Leonardo Crawford or Andrew Sopko to get it past the rumor stage. But, if we move Puig, we need two outfielders. Reddick is likely the flavor of the month, but I wonder if we are aiming higher and looking longingly at Ryan Braun. We eat the contract and what goes to Beertown could be not as painful. Figure Verdugo and one of our lesser pen arms (Hatcher or the soon to be ready Yimi). I am not fond of losing Verdugo but I figure Urias, Bellinger and Calhoun (lack of MI depth on the farm) will be nigh onto untraceable. I am thinking Bellinger is one full season from making AGon redundant and Calhoun could be our starting second baseman come next June. As for Urias, 'nuf said, the kid is ready it is just managing his innings. Right now, I am higher on Stewart, Oaks and Montas than JDL (who seems like the girl with a curl, when he is good he is great and when he is hurt - which is often - well, you know the rest). Just waiting to see what Buehler gives to us when he is 100%. It is like waiting for Christmas on that kid.