As we all know by now:
-The Braves need a big bat to compliment Brian McCann and Chipper Jones in the lineup. They have a surplus of starting pitchers to part with because of the emergence of Tommy Hanson.
-The Brewers need a frontline pitcher to pair with Yovani Gallardo in 2010 if they have any chance of making the playoffs
With those needs in mind, let's make a deal.
Here is the (hypothetical) offer on the table:
Braves trade Kenshin Kawakami to the Milwaukee Brewers for OF Corey Hart
Would you do it? Let's lay out the pros and cons for each side:
Why the Braves would do it:
-acquire the big bat they've been searching for
-get rid of their surplus of starting pitchers
-Corey Hart is under team control until after 2012
Why the Brewers would do it:
-Kawakami gives them a front line pitcher to pair with Gallardo
-good price: 2 years/$13.3 million remaining on deal
-don't have to deal Prince Fielder to acquire a quality pitcher
-Not taking on too much salary in 2010 or 2011 (Hart will make around $4 million in 2010 and probably will see a raise in 2011 compared to $6.6 million for Kawakami in 2010 and 2011)
Why the Braves wouldn't do it:
-Is Corey Hart simply Jeff Franceour 2.0?
-Will Corey Hart help solve their offensive woes?
Why the Brewers wouldn't do it:
-Do they really want to part with Corey Hart?
-Who would replace Corey Hart in RF?
This is a tough one for the Brewers. On one hand, they would get a very good starting pitcher, which they covet. But on the other hand, I don't think moving Corey Hart would be a popular move with the fan base. Hart had a down year in 2009, but he is a premium talent and those aren't easy to give up on.
So I'll ask again: would you make this deal? Does this make sense...?
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