Sudden obsession: How to get Dontrelle.
Marlins paid $4.4M for him this season, his first arb season - so he has two more. It was a record for first-time arbitration-eligible starting pitcher. He had a 3.87 ERA, 223.1 IP, 1.42 WHIP, 2.71 BAA, which would be a good year for almost anyone else, but a comedown from his 2005 season. Still, his salary should go up again, at least to $5M, if not $6-7M (not sure who has record for 2nd time arb), so the Marlins might want to flip him to get out from his salary.
Lowry, though he obviously had a down year as well, has a very affordable AND long-term contract: 2007, $1.1M; 2008, $2.3M; 2009, $4.5M; 2010, $6.3M club option.
Obviously, first step is that the Marlins have to believe it was a physical problem and that Lowry will be healed for 2007 on. Assuming (leap of faith) they believe this - but not giant leap, Lowry was pretty dominating in 2004 and 2005 - what else would it take to get Willis?
EME, since he's a local star, but obviously still having health issues. Misch? Ortmeier? Lewis? Linden? Lower level studs (don't know who excelled this season that low other than Burriss and Tanner this season, and of course Lincecum; Perreia?)
Does anyone know if Marlins have hinted at dumping him? He's only two years away from free agency, so they could probably wait another year but then the value will drop as teams will think the opposite, which is that he's only one year away.
I know it's a pipe dream, but it's early in the off-season, the playoffs aren't even over yet, so I had this pie-in-the-sky thought and wanted to see what others thought.