We have all seen our fair share of blockbuster trades during our lifetime. We have seen the recent Halladay trade, the Manny/Bay trade, and Mark Mulder to the Cardinals most recently. But what if you did something ground breaking, crazy, and out of the box?
I'm talking about the craziest trade you would EVER see in your lifetime. Trading one team's entire 25 man and farm rosters for another. The two most similar teams to tryout this crazy idea would be the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays have the 22nd ranked farm system, and the Diamondbacks have the 28th ranked farm system in baseball according to Baseball America. The Blue Jays are 48-47 at this point, and the Diamondbacks 36-58. You'd think Dan Haren or Vernon Wells need a change of scenery to win a ring? How about a change so great that it would shake the way people think of trading.
The Diamondbacks have better MLB-Ready young talent than the Blue Jays do right now, but their record doesn't show it. Their core 5 includes Dan Haren, Justin Upton, Stephen Drew, Edwin Jackson, and Chris Young. Their 5 best prospects are Jarrod Parker, Bobby Borchering, AJ Pollock, Brandon Allen, and Daniel Schlereth. Their payroll for this season is roughly 48 million (ESPN), and their highest paid player Dan Haren at 8 million this season.
The Blue Jays are an over-achieving bunch this year with a low payroll. Their core 5 includes Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill, Ricky Romero, Adam Lind, and Jose Bautista. Their best 5 prospects are Kyle Drabek, Zach Stewart, JP Arencibia, Brett Wallace, and David Cooper. Their payroll for this season is roughly 61 million (ESPN), and their highest paid player is Vernon Wells at 16 million this season.
Is this a realistic proposal? A whole 25 man roster + farm system for the other team's 25 man roster+ farm system. Cito Gaston coaching Justin Upton instead of Vernon Wells, and Kirk Gibson mentoring Adam Lind as an outfielder. The Blue Jays would finally have the ace that was lost in Roy Halladay with Dan Haren, and they would be a young squad. The money isn't even, but the Blue Jays would downgrade on prospects for less money and better MLB talent.
Recently the Diamondbacks are ALL about young pitching so this would be ideal for them. They haven't made anyone but Upton untouchable so this is possible. They would gladly take on 12 million or so to upgrade their weak farm system. Adam Lind would rake at Chase Field, and they wouldn't downgrade too much in their pitching staff. This would be about as fair as you can get for a player for player swap.
Perhaps this scenery swap would prove greatly for each team. The Diamondbacks might win the West in 2011 with a much improved bullpen, and the Blue Jays might contend for the whole season with a much improved rotation.
Is this a fantasy-proposal? Yes, but is this a fun one? Yes, I think so. I would love to see something like this someday, but this would rock the Bud Selig boat too much.