As the Peavy trade rumors continue, the so-called details of the alleged trade have supposedly begun to become apparently clearer. The current rumor includes Ryan Theriot in the trade, leaving Cub fans asking the most obvious question - who the eff replaces Theriot?
Here at GROTA, we've already tapped the Ragin' Cajun as being Grade A Trade Bait, since he will be hard pressed to duplicate his offensive production next year. But if Theriot goes, who replaces him? Surely not Ronny Cedeno, whose jersey number could double for his IQ, and probably not Raffy Furcal, whose price coupled with his bad back and his desire for a long term deal (plus his insistence on trying to cripple Derrek Lee) make him an unlikely candidate.
Actually there are some interesting options out there, with Orlando Cabrera being perhaps too old to be likely, but the guy who I'm thinking about in particular is current Pads shortstop Khalil Greene, 29 years old, coming off a really shizz-itty year where he batted .213 with 10 homers and 35 RBI in 105 games played. He missed time with a broken hand, but the hand wasn't the reason he tanked.
So, here's the question for debate - would Greene be an upgrade over Theriot?
My thoughts are that Theriot will be pressed to do as well as he did this year, and Greene will struggle to do as poorly. However, Greene will also cost somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 million next season and, at 29, he's at a crossroads. He may rebound and play great, or it might turn out that he's done as a baseball player before his 30th birthday.
In my opinion, if it gets the Cubs Peavy, then I'm all for it. Greene could be a pleasant surprise, and he may appreciate playing in a more hitter-friendly ballpark.
Do you have an opinion? Post 'em if you've got 'em.